Drifter tracks from this past year and plans for the coming year
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To blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues, click here.
To see static plots of this year's tracks, see links in tables below.
To download raw data of drifters underway, click here.
To see raw statistics click here.
To see various drifter-project descriptions, click here.
To see description of the drifter construction and technology, click here.
To hear a podcast of the drifter story, click here.
To download tracks stored in historical database, click here.
To document a drifter deployment, click here.
To document a drifter recovery, click here.
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To see information on individual clusters, click the links in the following table


Institution
(data)
Deployer
(cruise report)
Date Deployed
(animation)
Dropsite
(observed track)
CodeScience
(FVCOM forecast snapshot)
Status
(customized googlemap)
Fate
(photo)
UMASSDKing/Brown 27 Jan off Cape Cod1transient eddies done Gulf Stream and beyond
WHOI/NOAAMoore/Cole 26 Feb Georges Bank1right whalesdone apparently detached from dead right whale after one day
BowdoinLaine 9 Apr Casco Bay1-3Kennebec dischargedone rode coastal current south to Georges Bank and died 4 Oct on Scotian Shelf
NOAAKocik 27 Apr Penobscot Bay1,2salmon smoltsdonerode coastal current south to Georges Bank
NOAAKocik 29 May Penobscot Bay1,2salmon smoltsdoneshort lived
Bowdoin/StJoe'sLaine/Teegarden 8 May Casco Bay1,2Lombos Hole Circulationdone multiple groundings
MASS DMFGlenn 4 June off Buzzards Bay1-3lobster larvaedone drogued and surface unit headed SW to New York Waters
MASS DMFGlenn 16 June off Buzzards Bay4lobster larvaedone surface unit only came ashore on the eastern shore of Newport, RI
MASS DMFGlenn 24 June off Buzzards Bay5-8lobster larvaedone 1 drogued went to NJ and 3 surface units stalled for a week, headed west,...
MASS DMFGlenn 6 July off Buzzards Bay1-2lobster larvaedone 2 surface ashore at South Dartmouth MA one day later
MASS DMFGlenn/DeCosta 10-11 July off Buzzards Bay3-6lobster larvaedone 1 drogue, 3 surface w/interesting combination of both tidal and wind responses
MASS DMFGlenn 24 July Buzzards Bay7-8lobster larvaedone2 surface up the bay (one in the canal!)
MASS DMFGlenn 29 July Buzzards Bay9-10lobster larvaedone 2 surface grounded in West Falmouth and Catamet
MASS DMFGlenn/Wilcox 7 August Buzzards Bay1-5lobster larvaedone 5 surface
UNH/CMBGoldstein/Watson 9 June Great Bay (NH)1lobster larvae donegrounded after one tide
UNH/CMBGoldstein/Watson 22 June Great Bay (NH)2lobster larvae donegrounded after one tide
UNH/CMBGoldstein/Watson 24 June Great Bay (NH)3lobster larvae donegrounded,refloated, grounded
UNH/CMBGoldstein/Watson 1 July Great Bay (NH)1lobster larvae donegrounded
UNH/CMBGoldstein/Watson 6 July Great Bay (NH)1lobster larvae donegrounded, refloated, grounded
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 17 June off NH1lobster larvaedoneashore near Gloucester
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 8 July off NH1lobster larvae donestandard track to Georges Bank
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 20 July off NH1lobster larvae doneentered Mass Bay and died in GSC
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 17 Aug off NH1lobster larvae donedied one day after deployment
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 24 Sept Great Bay (NH)1lobster larvae donerecovered after a couple tidal cycles around Great Bay
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 7 Nov off NH1lobster larvae done headed north, turned around, entered river, and picked up by fisherman on Friday the 13th
UNH/CMB Goldstein/Watson 18 Nov off NH1lobster larvae done Georges Bank ...
RI-DEMAngell 15 June Block Island Sound1-4lobster larvae doneashore at Matunuck RI a week later
RI-DEMAngell 7 July Block Island Sound1-4lobster larvae donemoved towards Long Island Sound but all recovered along the way
RI-DEMAngell 8 July Block Island Sound5lobster larvae doneGulf Stream ...
RI-DEMAngell 15 July Block Island Sound6-7lobster larvae doneone recovered off Pt judith and the other disappeared south of Block Island
OSUShearman 21 July Mass Bay4-12internal waves doneinternal wave generated SW flow!
OSUShearman 15 Sep Mass Bay1-18internal waves doneprocessing not complete
SMCCLong/Tarbox 10 Aug Casco Bay1educational donePicked up by fishermen, Skip Carter
SMCCLong/Tarbox 12 Aug Casco Bay2educational doneApparently washed up on the Kennebunk rocks at end of Halycon Drive (off Ocean Dr) late in the day 25 August and the transmitter floated down the coast and landing in a Wells Maine marsh where it took alot of effort to find.
SMCCLong/Tarbox 1 Dec Casco Bay3,4educational doneOne washed up 4 days later to the east and the other ...
UMMJohnson 7 Sep Frenchman Bay1educational doneApparently washed up briefly on Ironbound Island late in the day 7 Sep and then recovered a few days later off SW Harbor
UMM 8 Dec Machias Bay1educational doneexits the bay in 2 tides and landed on Starboard Island
CFCCShaw/Jenkins 22 Sept Gulf Stream1educational done meandered in Gulf Stream and ...
CFCCShaw/Miller 06 Oct Onslow Bay1educational doneGPS failed on 12 Nov after oscillating along-isobath for 5 weeks
MPC/MBARIHochstaedter 29 Sept MontereyCalifornia1-2educational donedrifted NW and recovered after 2+ days
MPC/MBARIHochstaedter 5 Oct Monterey California1-2educational doneretained nearshore (one beached)
MPC Hochstaedter 14 Nov Monterey California1educational done Headed south and then ...
UMASSDMcDonald 7 Nov Mouth of Merrimack1-25plume dynamicsdoneexpelled from river, headed ENE, recovered 1-day later
Bristol CCRak 10 Nov Mt Hope Bay1LNG assessmentdone Hudson Shelf Canyon in one month!!
USCGCarton/Tallent 13 Jan 2010 NNE Sector1SAROPS training exercisesdone
Clatsop CCHam 19 Feb 2010 Off Washington State1,2educationalunderway
EndicottButler 2010 Mass Bay1educationalplanned
Mass MaritimeHyatt 2010 Buzzards Bay1educationalplanned
UNH/NASASalisbury 2010 Casco Bay1,2clam acidificationplanned
WHOIMcGillicuddy 2010 GoM1-14Alexandrium planned
WHOIWhoriskey 2010 St.Lawrence1-6Salmon planned



To see more detailed information on individual drifters, click on the links in the following table

Launch Location
Date Deployed Deployer
(observed track)
ID#
(Speed)

Drogue Depth
in meters
(google kml)
Color
(temperature)
Fate
(FVCOM forecast)
Off Cape Cod 27 Jan 2009 UMASSD 91191 1 rNantucket Shoals, GSC, and Gulf Stream
Georges Bank 26 Feb 2009 WHOI/NOAA 92181 1 rDead Right Whale Drifter but detached after one day
Casco Bay 9 April 2009 Bowdoin 94391 0.5 r died in late July on Brown's Bank (south of Nova Scotia)
Bowdoin 94392 0.5 g died in late June on Nantucket Shoals but then came back to life in mid-July on a Little Compton RI beach, saved by Niels Hobb of the Nature Conservancy
Bowdoin 94303 1 b Scotian Shelf and beyond...
8 May 2009 Bowdoin 95391 1 cgrounded multiple times
Bowdoin 95392 1 bgrounded multiple times
10 Aug 2009 SMCC 98301 1 b Picked up by lobsterman, Skip Carter, the following day and brought to Deakes Dock downtown Portland
12 Aug 2009 SMCC 98302 1 m Apparently washed up on the Kennebunk rocks at end of Halycon Drive (off Ocean Dr) late in the day 25 August
1 Dec 2009 SMCC 90303 1 m Rachel washed up on Eastern side of Bay 5 days later
SMCC 90304 6 c small drogue reacted differently
Penobscot Bay 27 April 2009 NOAA Salmon 94491 1 m caught in Gulf Stream cold core ring on 23 Oct, finally died 28 Dec ...
NOAA Salmon 94492 1 bgrounded on "Crane Island" off the southwest corner of Vinalhaven
29 May 2009 NOAA Salmon 95491 1 rgrounded
NOAA Salmon 95492 1 bgrounded
Great Bay 9 June 2009 UNH 96301 1 bgrounded after one tide
22 June 2009 UNH 96302 1 mgrounded after one tide
24 June 2009 UNH 96303 1 mgrounded, refloated, grounded
1 July 2009 UNH 97301 1 mgrounded
6 July 2009 UNH 97302 1 cgrounded
24 Sept 2009 UNH 99301 1 m recovered after a couple tidal cycles around Great Bay
Buzzards Bay 4 June 2009 MADMF 96101-A 1 pinkstopped transmitting on 7 Sept on shelf edge off the Cheasapeake
MADMF 96102-B 1 greenrun down or malfunctioned 4 June and recovered in Westerly/Charlestown RI on 1 July by Ron Jarvis
MADMF 96103-W 13 redtaken by fisherman to Norwich Ct on 19 June
16 June 2009 MADMF 96104-F 1 redgrounded on Newport's Eastern Bay
24 June 2009 MADMF 96105-C 1 redhungup on fish weir a mile or so off Newport on the 2nd of July
MADMF 96106-X 13 greenwashed ashore in Lavalette NJ, recovered by local police, and set to be mailed back via Fedex (apparently lost drogue off NJ shore)
MADMF 96107-F 1 b last transmission 1 Sept on shelf edge off Chesapeake
MADMF 96108-H 1 magentainfrequent fixes, came ashore on Horseneck Beach 29 June
6 July 2009 MADMF 97101-K 1 bluegrounded in Dartmouth MA one tide later
MADMF 97102-I 1 magentagrounded on Great Neck one tide later
10 July 2009 MADMF 97103-Z 13 bhungup on hard bottom 18 July and recovered by Mass DMF on 29 July
MADMF 97104-J 1 moscillated with tide between Nashon and vineyard, did an excursion to Block Island, came back to starting location, and finally crashed on Horseneck Beach rocks where Steve recovered it on 4 August
11 July 2009 MADMF 97105-I 1 rintermittant, recovered ashore on Nashawena on 13 July
MADMF 97106-K 1 crecovered by Steve on Nashon on 15 July
24 July 2009 MADMF 97107-H 1 magentarecovered by Reaz the summer student off the beach at Scraggy Neck, N. Falmouth
MADMF 97108-K 1 r recovered via MassDMF kayak from a tidal flat in Little Harbor in Wareham after it had made an excursion up the canal and beyond the Bourne Bridge and back!
29 July 2009 MADMF 97109-C 1 rgrounded on Scraggy Neck Catamet on 31 July recovered by Lilly Manning
MADMF 971010-I 1 g recovered by a beach walker on Little Island at the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor the evening of 30 July and then picked up by summer student, Reaz. the next morning
7 Aug 2009 MADMF 98101-K 1 gstopped transmitting the morning before Barack arrived on Martha's Vineyard (recovered by secret service?)
MADMF 98102-B 1 mcame ashore on Mass-RI border and recovered by Steve Wilcox on 22 Aug
MADMF 98103-I 1 bapparently run down on 8/13 at the mouth of Buzzards Bay, started transmitting again on 31 August from Pocasset's Scraggy Neck Beach, and recovered by JiM>
MADMF 98104-C 1 yapparentently died on 25 August on shelfedge but then came back to life a few 100 miles off the motuh of the Chesapeake on 26 Oct
MADMF 98105-H2 1 rdied on 16 Aug (has extra transmitter)
MADMF 98106-H1 1 rextra transmitter on 96105
Block Island Sound 15 June 2009 RI-DEM 96111-D 1 revidently run down and then grounded near Galilee RI
RI-DEM 96112-E 1 green grounded on Moonstone Beach and recovered
RI-DEM 96113-G 1 blue grounded on Moonstone Beach and recovered
RI-DEM 96114-L 1 magentagrounded on Moonstone Beach and recovered
7 July 2009 RI-DEM 97111-E 1 redgrounded on 8 July on Jamestown
RI-DEM 97112-G 1 green recovered by Elaine Burnard while fishing with her husband on a 17ft boat off Westerly RI on 10 July
RI-DEM 97113-L 1 blue recovered by "Pam" on the East Matunuck State Beach in 19 July, brought to her home at 15 Beach Row, recovered by Scott at RI-DEM
RI-DEM 97114-Y 13 magenta recovered by Peter Spong's F/V BrookC on 8 July and brought into Point Judith
8 July 2009 RI-DEM 97115-E 1 blue long 6-month trip to the Gulf Stream and Sargasso Sea
15 July 2009 RI-DEM 97116-G 1 red quit south of Block Island on 23 July
RI-DEM 97117-Y 13 m hungup on gear south of Pt Judith and brought to shore
Off NH 17 June 2009 UNH 96201 1 rheaded north, turned around, and came ashore on Cape Ann
8 July 2009 UNH 97201 1 mdied on Northern Flank of Georges Bank in mid-August
20 July 2009 UNH 97202 1 b died in Great South Channel in mid-August
17 Aug 2009 UNH 98201 1 r died a day later
7 Nov 2009 UNH 90301 1 m Headed north, turned around and came back
18 Nov 2009 UNH 90302 1 r usual one month trip to Georges Bank
Mass Bay 21 July 2009 OSU 97420704 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 97420705 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 97420706 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 97420707 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 97420708 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 97420709 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 974207010 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 974207011 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 974207012 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay Sep 2009 OSU 99420701 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420702 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420703 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 99420704 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420705 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420706 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 99420707 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420708 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 99420709 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 994207010 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207011 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207012 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207013 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207014 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207015 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Mass Bay July 2009 OSU 994207016 1 r short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207017 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
OSU 994207018 1 b short quarter-tide deployment
Frenchman Bay 7 Sept 2009 UMM 99440681 1 b apparently washed up briefly on the evening of deployment, refloated, and was recovered on 10 Sept off SW Harbor
Gulf Stream 22 Sept 2009 CFCC 99340751 1 m
Monterey Bay 29 Sept 2009 MPC 99361211 1 m drifted NW and recovered after 2+ days
MPC 99361212 1 r drifted NW and recovered after 2+ days
Monterey Bay 5 Oct 2009 MPC 90361211 1 m gradually drifted shoreward (after two gyres) and beached in about 2 days
MPC 90361212 1 r oscillated at head of canyon and recovered near mouth of Moss Landing after two days
Monterey Bay 14 Nov 2009 MPC 90361221 1 m gradually drifted shoreward (after two gyres) and beached in about 2 days
Onslow Bay NC 5 Oct 2009 CFCC 90340771 1 c GPS failed on 12 Nov
off Merrimack River 7 Nov 2009 UMASSDCEFM 90201-A 0.3 r
UMASSDCEFM 90202-B 0.3 g
UMASSDCEFM 90203-AI 0.3 b
UMASSDCEFM 90202-D 0.3 c
UMASSDCEFM 90205-E 0.3 m
UMASSDCEFM 90206-F 0.3 y
UMASSDCEFM 90207-G 0.3 k
UMASSDCEFM 90208-H 0.3 r
UMASSDCEFM 90209-I 0.3 g
UMASSDCEFM 902010-J 0.3 b
UMASSDCEFM 902011-K 0.3 c
UMASSDCEFM 902012-L 0.3 m
UMASSDCEFM 902013-M 0.3 y
UMASSDCEFM 902014-N 0.3 k
UMASSDCEFM 902015-O 0.3 r
UMASSDCEFM 902016-P 0.3 g
UMASSDCEFM 902017-Q 0.3 b
UMASSDCEFM 902018-R 0.3 c
UMASSDCEFM 902019-S 0.3 m
UMASSDCEFM 902020-T 0.3 y
UMASSDCEFM 902021-U 0.3 k
UMASSDCEFM 902022-V 0.3 r
UMASSDCEFM 902023-W 0.3 g
UMASSDCEFM 902024-X 0.3 b
UMASSDCEFM 902025-Y 0.3 c
UMASSDCEFM 902026-Z 0.3 c
Mt. Hope Bay 10 Nov BCC 90111 1 r escaped bay and quickly headed offshore NJ where it stalled
Machias Bay 8 Dec 2009 UMM 90440671 0.5 c exited the bay in 2 tides and washed ashore on a small island
Off Washington State 19 Feb 2010 CCC 102461241 1 r headed north and then ...
CCC 102461242 1 b headed north and then ...

Note: All units were made by marine science students at the Southern Maine Community College. While most are standard "surface drifters" marking only the top 1-meter of the water column, the Bay of Fundy units have 10m subsurface drogue centered at 15m below the surface. For details, call 508-495-2211 or email james.manning@noaa.gov.