2017 Drifter Tracks
resolving transport pathways through New England's continental shelf waters and beyond

updated every two hours

To see a GoogleMap of just this month's tracks, click here.
To see the leaflet animation of all tracks, click here.
To see the latest quicker gif animation of tracks, click here.
To see drifter construction manuals and lesson plans, click here.
To see the process of getting involved with the project, click here.
To see frequently asked questions, click here.
To predict where a drifter (deployed off New England) will go, click here.
To see this month's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go to the MARACOOS site here and click on "Drifter" layer.
To see drifters and unmanned sailboats documented at NERACOOS click here, SECOORA here, and GCOOS here.
To see a description of the drifters themselves and how to use them, click here.
To access the historical drifter data, click here.
To blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues,click here.
To document a drifter finding , click here.
To see drifter newsletters, click here.
To see drifters in the news, click here.
To see information on a related unmanned sailboat project, click here.
To see plots of this year's tracks, see links in table below.
To see raw statistics click here.
To check on your satellite fix use, click here.
To see us on Facebook,click here.
To see pages like this created in previous years click here for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
To get PYTHON and/or MATLAB processing routines, email james.manning@noaa.gov 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)
Educational PassagesBaldwin2016 multiple places 10?educational underwayboat under sail "Crimson Voyager" late 2015;
"West" 28 Jan 2016 landed in Scotland Aug 2016;
"Lightning Bolt" late Winter;
"SS DCA Eagle" late winter 2016 (twice);
"Red Storm" 14 April 2016 landed in Ireland;
"Atlantic Flame" 18 April 2016 ashore a few days later
"Atlantic Flame" again 4 May 2016 off France in early 2017
"Lancer" 4 May 2016 off R/V Neil Armstrong landed in Ireland
"CanariesII" 12 May 2016 off Canaries landed in Yucatan in Feb 2017
"Cougars" deployed off Maryland and west of Gibralter in early 2017
"Radcliffe Creek" off Maryland
"Osprey" deployed off Maryland landed in Wales
"Carolina DreamerII" deployed north of the Azores
Hingham MA HighGauthier/CampbellWhale Watch 27 Apr 2016 Mass Bay1marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifter well documented in ppt; close call near P-Town; circumnavigated Georges Bank, entered Gulf Stream off Chesapeake in November,
Waterford CT HighO'ConnerR/V Neil Armstrong07 May 2016 Mid-Atl. Bight2educationunderwayunmanned sailboat and Irina surface drifter 164400721 sailboat headed to Ireland in Sept 2016 while;
164400722 drifter is only half way there
St John Evangelist Beverly SchoolPomeroyCaptain Bill Whale Watch19 May 2016 Mass Bay1marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifter exited Georges Bank near NE Channel and made it into Gulf Stream in late September
Morse High Bath MEIlkovich/YoungF/V Illusion from Belfast ME31 May 2016 Maine Coastal Current1marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifter with help from fishermen James Carroll and Nick Hawke; exited Georges Bank near NE Channel and made it into Gulf Stream in late September; south of Scotian Shelf in late November
South Shore Natural Science Center/ISML/SEADeGiulio/Galuzzo/Zetler1 June 2016 Mass Bay6educationdonesurface drifters 166420705Plymouth_Middle_School_2 landed near Sandy Hook NJ in Sept;
166420703 SSCPS died SNE shelfedge in Aug;
166420702 Hanover middle died south of GSCin Aug;
166420707 SEA redeployed Plymouth Middle of Isle of Shoals;
166420701 Inly school died east of NE Channel in August;
166420704 PMS_1 died in late Oct in Gulf Stream;
1674207010 Germantown past Grand Banks in late Dec
167420706 PCIS past Mid-Atl Ridge in Feb 2017
Center for Student Coastal ResearchBuckleyMr.Paul Adams15 July 2016Mass Bay3marine debrisdone1 drogued and 3 surface drifters drogue dragged on ledge after five days and disappeared; surface drifters spent time north of Georges Bank
Cohasset MA Middle SchoolSears/Buckley 15 July 2016 Mass Bay1marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifter time north of Georges Bank
St Pauls Advance Sci&Math HighJones/DavisAppledore Whale Watch? 17 July 2016 Mass Bay1marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifter deployed off Isle of Shoals; off Georges Bank near NE Channel in Sept 2016;
Cape Fear Community CollegeDegan27 Sep 2016 Gulf Stream2Marine Techunderwayunmanned sailboats SS Daniel went east while SS Lester Bell went south
Thetford Vt ElementaryBradleyF/V RaiderIII 02 Oct 2016 off Cape Cod2educationdoneIrina surface drifter 160420691 thanks to Billy & Cheryl Souza it was deployed multiple times. This first time it only lasted a few tides before washing up on Head of the Meadow Beach, recovered, and redeployed;
160420692 thanks to Rick Lukas, a beachwalker on vacation, was delivered back to Billy, and this second deployment headed out to sea and finally died well past the Grand Banks
South Shore Natural Science Center SchoolsDeGiulio/Koury/JacobsCap'n John Whale Watch19 Oct 2016 Mass Bay10educationdonesurface drifters headed NNW, around the Cape, on to Nantucket Shoals, and all starting dying near 60 degW.
Educational PassagesBaldwin Fall 2016 Multiple Places20educationunderwayunmanned sailboats North Atlantic Regatta
Center for Student Coastal ResearchBuckleyR/V Auk5 Nov 2016Mass Bay2 marine debrisdoneIrina surface drifters 1604207013 stuck around in Mass Bay for a few weeks, came ashore in Hatches Harbor, collected by Chris Anderson (NPS), brought to Race Point Ranger Station all in one peice, and ...;
1604207014 went offshore first;
Tabor Academy MADavid/Randall/Albright 24 Nov 2016 Mass Bay1marine debrisunderwayIrina surface drifter close to Bermuda!
NOAAManningF/V Resolve8 Dec 2016 Cape Cod Bay2instrument testdoneIrina surface drifter & star-shaped eco-friendly drogue 1604107022 CCA surf drifter came ashore;
1604107023 drogue died mid-ocean on 8 May 2017
UMarylandMeng???29 Mar 2017 Maryland intercoastal5dispersion?underwayIrina surface drifter three escaped the estuaries w/two heading offshore
UCONNJia/Whitney???12 Apr 2017 Long Island Sound9river plume dynamicsdonebucket drifters 174410721 through the Sluiceway the next day and landed on Block Island five days later;
174410722 along Orient Pt shore the next day collected by Joe Bandarchuk ;
174410723 along West Greenport on 15 May near a big mansion and reported by Tom Schlecht who spotted it lobstering thinking it was a buoy and will mail transmitter back;
174410724 landed on Sheffield Island off Norfork CT on 5/7 & transmitter was returned;
174410725 apparently landed on Charles Island off Milford CT on 4/20 but stopped transmitting;
174410726 came ashoe at Eaton's Neck in Northport, NY on May 4th, reported by Peter Aroniadis who returned the transmitter.
174410728 stopped transmitting mid-sound (outside Northport Harbor) on Apr 27th and transmitter found by Dan Weber at Seymours Marina in Northport on 15 May.
174410729 along Plum Island western shore the next day and recovered by Kevin Maier on 24 April who will mail in the transmitter;
Educational PassagesBaldwin2017 multiple places ~20educational underwayboat under sail "Osprey" to be deployed by Wales;"patriot_pride";
"Dirigo";
"Black Rock";

GOMIHalloran/FlahertyJaySpring 2017 GOM9educationunderwaysurface and drogued drifters 174420701 Kennebunk High took traditional path towards Georges bank;
175420701 Beverly High washed into the Nauset Marsh on the morning of 25 May and recovered by JiM & crew on 30 May;
175420702 Beverly High looped Mass Bay, headed back to the North Shore, and finally died off Cape Cod in June 2nd
175420703 drogued drifter got caught in Mass Bay eddy, beat up on the Graves rocks for a few days, and then brought into the dock by Dave Waller, the lighthouse keeper, on 31 May;
175420704 Salem Sound Club S surface drifter went in and out of Plymouth Harbor multiple times and apparently washed ashore north of Truro's Head of the Meadow Beach on 6 June, recovered by a couple on vacation, brought to Olivia at WBWS on June 11 and shut off by James;
176420701 Mellini Chen and Jake Williams Lowell_Univ unit ...;
176420702 Brian Smiths Betheham_NH unit ..;
176420703 Paddy Cummings RVCS;
176420704 Paddy Cummings RVCS;
ECOHAB/WHOIMcGillicuddy/StymiestCapt. Vincent Shepard on Grand Manan Adventure Ferry and R/V TIOGA25 May
6 June
23 June
21 July
11 Aug 2017
Bay of Fundy10HABsunderwaysurface and drogued drifters 175440661 13m drogue headed SW w/episodic transmissions at first, hugged the coast, aground outside New Harbor ME until it was recovered, thanks to DMR's Katherine Thompson, on 6 July by the Matt Sinclair with the Maine Marine Patrol;
175440662 headed SW w/NE winds, veered into Jordan Basin Gyre, ...;
176440661 picked out of water 4-5 hours after deployment, brought to Campobello, and redeployed a few days later as 176440663;
176440662 drogued unit went NW and then around to North Head Harbor;
176440663 redeployed unit went NE and eventually escaped to SW
176440664 drogued ashore on Indian Island after a few days;
176440665 surface unit escaped to SW, ran into Willy Cook's Salmon pen outside Seal Cove on the southern side of Grand Manan on 9 July so Willy used Doug Worthen's cell phone to call Laurie Murison but then Willy redeployed it so it came ashore a few days later at Ancourage Provincial Park Campground where a group of boy scouts brought it to site 59 and office workers Shawna, Anna, Jennifer, and Peter retrieved it on 18 July, recovered by Lauri Murson's husband Ken who brought it to the Capt Vincent to be redeployed as 177440662, landed on Campebello, returned to WH, redeployed as 178440662;
177440662 landed in Mill Creek Cove on Campobello and recovered by Joe & Laurie Finnegan; ;
UMarylandMeng???25 May 2017 Maryland intercoastal4estuary exchangeunderwaymini surface drifter two ran aground within the first fix and two escaped to the shelf
GOMIRedden?11 June 2017
21 June 2017
Bay of Fundy
off Cape Sable
3educationunderwaysurface drifters 176440661 Danielle LeBland Kings County Academy deployed south of Clarks Harbor;
176440662 Northeast Kings Edu Centre Bob Barton;
176450643 Horton HS Tracy Webb and Steve Millar oscillated off Harborvill NS for weeks and brought ashore in Parrsboro by an mariner in mid-July;
176450644 Horton HS Tracy Webb and Steve Millar spent time in Minas Basin and brought ashore by a mariner in Parrsboro in late June;
Univ of Central FloridaMansfield?May 2017 Gulf of Mexico?4turtlesdonebucket drifters 175280891 picked out of the water a few days in;
175280892 headed NW towards the delta in the 1st week and then ..
Savannah StateHintzR/V ??22 June 2017 off Georgia1educationdonebamboo-framed surface drifters short track back to land in the first day
Cape Fear Community CollegeDegan19 June 2017 Gulf Stream1Marine Techunderwayunmanned sailboats
UMarylandMeng???21 June 2017 Maryland intercoastal4estuary exchangedone mini surface drifters all four on the beach after about one day
WHOIHernandezR/V Bigelow11 July 2017 off Georges Bank3Bluefin Tunaunderwaybamboo-framed star-shaped drogues 176400673 entrained in big GS ring but apparently on a fishing boat starting 2000Z on Aug 11th;
LEAPWilkins/Flaherty???13 July 2017 Mass Bay1educationdoneIrina surface drifter drifted SSW towards the mouth of Boston Harbor, body found ashore with no transmitter
UMAINEHillyerPrinceCraft 20 July 2017 Medomak Estuary6soft shell clamsdoneinstrumented bucket drifters with orange flags for visibility headed down the channel
New England Sailing and ScienceHorriganF/V Patty Jo27 July 2017 Mid-Atl Bight2educationdoneexperimental 4X4 surface drifters apparently failed
UMarylandMeng???26 July 2017 Maryland intercoastal4estuary exchangedone mini surface drifters all ashore in first tide or two
UMAINEHillyerPrinceCraft 26 July 2017 Medomak Estuary6soft shell clamsdoneinstrumented bucket drifters with orange flags; cross-channel flow
Savannah StateHintzR/V Hugh R. Sharp29 July 2017 off Miami2STEMSEASunderwaybamboo-framed surface drifters into the Gulf Stream
Univ of New BrunswickQuinn/Rouchette???21 July 2017 Bay of Fundy8Lobsterunderwaypipe surface drifters many escaped the bay
177430672 landed on Little Duck and recovered by Teagan?;
Center for Student Coastal ResearchBuckleyMr.Paul Adams10 Aug 2017Mass Bay3marine debrisunderwayIrina surface drifters
Jacksonville Marine LabStalker?June 2017 Gulf Stream3educationplannedexperimental surface drifters
Kinkaid Middle SchoolToroJuly 2017 Gulf of Mexico1educationplannedIrina surface drifter

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.