2020 Drifter Tracks
Resolving transport pathways through New England's continental shelf waters and beyondupdated every two hours
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Plots of this year's tracks are linked in the table below.
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Drifter tracks from in previous years:
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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
PI (report/blog) Deployers (deploy video) Date Deployed (animation) Dropsite (forecast) #units Science (googleearth) Status (googlemap) ID-Type of Unit (photo) Fate (photo) Educational Passages Baldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places 20? education underway unmanned sailboats Educational Passages Stymiest 2019 Multiple Places 12+ education underway unmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ... Waterstart Fox Polaris 18 June 2019 Off Bermuda 1 education underway Cassie surface bamboo drifter 196320641 made several loops around Bermuda and ... Wellan Montessori Lucier ?? 19 Nov 2019 Mass Bay 2 education/turtles underway wooden turtle 190420702 made it beyond Grand Banks healthy and upright Savannah State Hintz R/V Margaret Robinson 19 Nov 2019 South Atlantic Bight 1 education underway Irina surface drifters 190320801 recirculating in North Atlantic in June 2020
; 190320802 died in Feb 2020
;190320803 died 31 Jan 2020
Educational Passages Stymiest 2020 Multiple Places 8+ education underway unmanned sailboats Southern Maine Community College Tarbox/Long Captain B (Jeff Putnam) 24 Feb 2020 Jeffries Ledge 1 education underwayEddie 2x4 mast 202430702 Off Georges in June 2020 and ... Oregon State University Arnesen ?? 05 March 2020 off Oregon 1 buoy underwayBuoy mooring 203431241 University of Otago New Zealand Smith ? 01 June 2020 off New Zealand 6 cross-frontal exchange underway drogued drifters 206451701 caught in fishing net 27 June and brought ashore (drogue cut free);
Well Estuarine Reserve Goldstein/Lippmann R/V Endeavor 25 June 2020 Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve/UNH 24 lobster underway surface drifters 206430703 came ashore 7/5 and recovered by Christina at the end of Ocean Ave in Swampscott;
2064307010 went dead on Jeffries Ledge on 7/10/2020;
2064307017 went dead in Boston shipping lane 7/9/2020;
2064307019 came ashore 6/28 and recovered near Rye Harbor;
2064307020 came in an out of Newburyport Harbor on 6/30,eventually came ashore at the Gothwait Reservation near Marblehead, and recovered by their harbor master office ;
2064307022 came ashore 6/30 and recovered under dock in Newburyport ;
Jacksonville Marine Lab Stalker Crowley's M/V El Coqui 25 July 2020 Gulf Stream 1 Education underway surface drifter 207200791 with PVC frame deployed in Gulf Stream... USCG SAR units Wood air deployed 2019-2020 East Coast & Lakes ~20 SAR done surface drifters Search and Rescue USCG SAR units Wood air deployed 2019-2020 East Coast & Lakes ~20 SAR done surface drifters Search and Rescue
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.