A set of four surface drifters will be deployed by lobstermen
at various depths (ranging from 5 to 50 fathoms) along four
cross-isobath transects in each of the four months June-September 2004.
The transects will be located off Cutler, Isle of Haut, Cape Small, and
Gloucester. In addition to these standard locations, other
sets will deployed in particular places and times to test specific hypothesis.
So, while it is expected that many will come ashore, as many as 100 drifters
may be floating off the coast of New England later this summer. The
details of this project will be discussed including its objective
to validate numerical circulation models as well as the protocol for mariners
to follow on sighting one of these units.