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2019 Drifter Tracks

Resolving transport pathways through New England's continental shelf waters and beyond

updated every two hours

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To see this month's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go to the MARACOOS site and click on "Drifter" layer.
See drifters and unmanned sailboats documented at NERACOOS
Read a description of the drifters themselves and how to use them.
Access the historical drifter data.
Blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues
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Get information on a related unmanned sailboat project
Plots of this year's tracks are linked in the table below.
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Drifter tracks from in previous years:
2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018.

To get PYTHON processing routines, email James Manning for the latest versions.

To see information on individual clusters, click the links in the following chronological table

Institution
(data)
PI (report/blog) Deployers (deploy video) Date Deployed (animation) Dropsite (forecast) #units Science (googleearth) Status (googlemap) ID-Type of Unit (photo) Fate (photo)
LEAPWilkins/Flaherty???13 July 2017 Mass Bay1educationdoneIrina 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 survived for almost two years before it went down in a hurricanr in Sept 2019
Educational PassagesBaldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places20?educationunderwayunmanned sailboats
Stockton UniversityPfeiffer-HerbertBarnegat Bay NJ scalloper 17 Apr 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationdoneIrina surface drifter entrained in Gulf Stream mid-May and took off to the east
Salem Sound CoastwatchFlaherty 16 May 2018
29 May 2018
24 Jul 2018
Salem Sound3educationdoneIrina surface drifter185420704 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 SchoolMillikenKaren Elizabeth 14 Oct 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter180410711 easily escaped the shelf, finally entrained in the Gulf Stream in late Nov, caught in enormous Gulf Stream ring, ....
Winnacunnet NH High SchoolPaganoBobby Nudd/Al Gauron/Pete Kirkland 26 Oct 2018 off NH1educationdoneIrina surface drifters180430701 went dead before Azores in early Oct 2019
Thetford Vt ElementaryBradleyF/V Illusion 08 Dec 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationdoneunmanned sailboat 180400681 deployed by Mark Phillips almost made it to the Azores before it went silent.
Educational PassagesStymiest 2019 Multiple Places12+educationunderwayunmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ...
Meridian Academy High SchoolGreenwoodJeff White 30 Mar 2019 off S. Maine2educationunderwayIrina surface drifters193420701 ...
193420702...
Waterford CT HighO'ConnerEnvirolab II - Project Oceanology 09 Apr,?? May, and 06 June 2019 Long Island Sound3educationdonebucket drifter194410721 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;
195410721 washed up on a mansion's beach on Long Island and recovered by the local fire department there;
196410701 traveled similar to the May bucket offshore Long Island and then went silent on 27 June.
Principia CollegeFarsonR/V Jim Franks 11 Apr 2019 Gulf of Mexico2educationdoneIrina surface drifters193410691 went silent 5/28
193410693 went silent 5/26
Falmouth MA High SchoolMillikenF/V Kathy Ann 06 June 2019 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationdoneIrina surface drifter196410711 died late August beyond Grand banks
Bangor United Tech Center
Cape Town Univ.
BaldwinMaine Maritime
S.A. Algulhas II
13 May 2019
early July 2019
North Atlantic
Indian Ocean
3educationunderwayminiboatsUSS Baldwin
USS Miller ...
Sailing on a Dream ...
WHOI/ECOHABMcGillicuddy/KeaferR/V Connecticut 13 June 2019 Bay of Fundy4HABsunderwayIrina surface drifter and drogued196440671 ....;
196440672 drogue completed first trip around gyre in 12 days, hungup on gear, cut up with drogue getting to the mainland and surface float escaping to the south....;
196440673 after one trip around the gyre traveled 6600km in the upper-bay tide until it came ashore during Dorian's passage on 8 Sept 2019 and was recovered by Tracy Webb "Only missing two panels and one bottom bar!";
196440674 drogue escaped towards Digby Neck before others, recovered by Steve Travis, a lobsterman, on 28 June and brought inland.;
WaterstartFoxPolaris18 June 2019Off Bermuda1educationunderwayCassie surface bamboo drifter196320641 made several loops around Bermuda and ...
WHOI/ECOHABMcGillicuddy/KeaferR/V Connecticut 11 July 2019 Bay of Fundy5HABsunderwayIrina surface drifter and drogued197440671 drogued....;
197440672 drogued came ashore near Cape Chignecto (West Advocate Nova Scotia), recovered drogueless by Doug Morris and Susan Clarke who will mail back transmitter to Erin;
197440673 drogued deployed south of Grand Manan;
197440674 ....;
197440675 ....;
GLERLRuberg?? 19 June 2019 Lake Michigan1instrument testdoneEddie surface drifter196430861 ...
US Navy Sea CadetsThiede 11 Sep 2019 off Hudson Shelf1educationunderway "Denis" surface drifter With spars secured well with stays and additional flotation, it got caught Gulf Stream but then started intermittent reports until ...
Acadia UniversityRedden/Sanderson/Adams?? 10 Sep 2019 Upper Bay of Fundy1tidal powerdoneSpecial Drogue 5m deepOther instruments as deep as 23.3m oscillated in the big tide for weeks before grounding in early October 2019 near Halls Harbor
Sturgis High School/NSF StrongR/V Thompson 06 Aug 2019 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter198390691....
GLERLRuberg??12 Sep 2019 Lake Erie1HABsunderwayEddie surface drifters199410811 ...
199410812 ...
199410813 ...
St Hubert's Catholic High School for GirlsFrankRutgers oceanographers 15 Oct 2019 NY Harbor1educationunderwayIrina surface drifters196390731 ...
U MaineHillyer?? 2019 Maine Coast3educationplannedbucket drifters190440691...
Boston College High SchoolGourlisAlbatross 31 Oct 2019 Cape Cod Bay2educationunderwayIrina surface drifters190410701 ...
Gulf of Maine InstituteHalloran/Smith?? 14 Nov 2019Mass Bay2educationunderwayIrina surface drifters196420701 ...
196420702 ...
Wellfleet Audubon/URI/Falmouth Schools/Cape Cod AcademyPage/Green/Milliken/Smith/McManusAlbatross 31 Oct 2019
14 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
19 Nov 2019
Cape Cod Bay14+education/turtlesunderwayIrina surface drifters,retractable drogues,miniboats,etc190410701 ...190410704
190410705 ...190410707
190410709 ...1904107011
1904107012 ...1904107014
Wellan MontessoriLucier?? 19 Nov 2019 Mass Bay2education/turtlesunderwaywooden turtle190420702 headed for Cape Cod Bay evidently healthy and upright
Savannah StateHintzR/V Margaret Robinson 19 Nov 2019 South Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayIrina surface drifters190320801 ...
Oglethorpe Charter SchoolWellsR/V Margaret Robinson 19 Nov 2019South Atlantic Bight2educationunderwayIrina surface drifters190320802 ...
190320803 ...

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 james.manning@noaa.gov.

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