2019 Drifter Tracks
Resolving transport pathways through New England's continental shelf waters and beyondupdated every two hours
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To see information on individual clusters, click the links in the following chronological table
PI (report/blog) Deployers (deploy video) Date Deployed (animation) Dropsite (forecast) #units Science (googleearth) Status (googlemap) ID-Type of Unit (photo) Fate (photo) LEAP Wilkins/Flaherty ??? 13 July 2017 Mass Bay 1 education underway Irina surface drifter 177420701 drifted SSW towards the mouth of Boston Harbor, body found ashore with no transmitter;
170420702 headed NE to Jeffries Ledge and then ...
Educational Passages Baldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places 20? education underway unmanned sailboats Stockton University Pfeiffer-Herbert Barnegat Bay NJ scalloper 17 Apr 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education underway Irina surface drifter entrained in Gulf Stream mid-May and took off to the east Salem Sound Coastwatch Flaherty 16 May 2018
29 May 2018
24 Jul 2018
Salem Sound 3 education underway Irina surface drifter 185420704 may have come ashore the next morning on Pope's Island rocks but then continued on for a few days to land at Littles Point rocks near Swampscot on 18 May where Emily recovered it;
186420701 was deployed near shore and made its way out around Georges Bank on the southern flank in late July ...;
187420704 deployed just east of Baker's Island on 24 July and washed ashore a few days later near the Curtis Estate (Manchester-by-the-Sea) where Emily recovered it.
Falmouth MA High School Milliken Karen Elizabeth 14 Oct 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education underway Irina surface drifter 180410711 easily escaped the shelf, finally entrained in the Gulf Stream in late Nov, caught in enormous Gulf Stream ring, .... Winnacunnet NH High School Pagano Bobby Nudd/Al Gauron/Pete Kirkland 26 Oct 2018 off NH 1 education underway Irina surface drifters 180430701 ... Thetford Vt Elementary Bradley F/V Illusion 08 Dec 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education done unmanned sailboat 180400681 deployed by Mark Phillips almost made it to the Azores before it went silent. Educational Passages Stymiest 2019 Multiple Places 12+ education underway unmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ... Meridian Academy High School Greenwood Jeff White 30 Mar 2019 off S. Maine 2 education underway Irina surface drifters 193420701 ...
Waterford CT High O'Conner Envirolab II - Project Oceanology 09 Apr 2019 Long Island Sound 1 education done bucket drifter 194410721 oscillated with the tide for a few days west of Block Island until 15 April when it washed up on Sand Hill Cove Beach in Pt Judith, RI and was rescued by the Narragansett fire department. Principia College Farson R/V Jim Franks 11 Apr 2019 Gulf of Mexico 2 education underway Irina surface drifters 193410691...
Boston College High School Gorlis ?? Fall 2019? Mass Bay? 2 education planned Irina surface drifters 19?420702 ... Waterstart/BIOS Fox ?? 2019? Off Bermuda 1 education planned Irina surface drifter 19?320641 ...
Note: Most units are prepared by marine science students. The majority are standard "surface drifters" marking only the top 1-meter of the water column, but some units, as in the case of EP boats, track the wind and wave at the surface and some have subsurface drogues typically centered at 10m-15m below the surface. For details, call 508-495-4727 or email email@example.com.