2021 Drifter Tracks

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

updated every two hours

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See an animation of tracks.
Download drifter construction manuals and lesson plans
Find out how to get involved with the project
Predict where a drifter will go (not maintained in 2020)
To see this weeks's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go to the MARACOOS OCEANSMAP site
Access the historical drifter data.
Read about drifters in the news (no longer maintained)
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 | 2019 | 2020 .

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

Buoy
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 PassagesBaldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places20?educationunderwayunmanned sailboats
Educational PassagesStymiest 2019 Multiple Places12+educationunderwayunmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ...
Educational PassagesStymiest 2020 Multiple Places8+educationunderwayunmanned sailboats DespaSEAto; RiptideII; Rye_Riptide; Philbert; to name a few ...
Educational PassagesStymiest 2021 Multiple Places1+educationunderwayunmanned sailboats Blue Heron_3, BHS_Roweboat, and more ...
Oregon State UniversityArnesen??05 March 2020; 14 Oct 2020 off Oregon2buoyunderwaymooring 203431241
Governors AcademyKnightF/V Lady Rebecca 05 Oct 2020 Fippennies Ledge Gulf of Maine~2 educationdonesurface drifter stopped reporting in mid-March 2021 south of Grand Banks
United Technical CenterBaldwinCaptain John Thomas F/V Rachel Leah 30 Dec 2020 off Georges Bank1educationdoneunmanned sailboat The Alexander made its way across the ocean and in record time!! Crash landed 4 miles from IFREMER in France and recovered by Herle Mercier and Charlene Feucher
South Kingston RI SchoolsDillmanR/V Endeavor 21 Feb 2021 off Hatteras1Educationdonesurface drifter 211400711 caught in Gulf Stream and quit reporting on 19 Mar 2021 near NE Seamounts
GOMI/North Shore MontesorriPaddy CummingsF/V Lady Rebecca 29 June 2021 off Newburyport1educationunderwaysurface drifters 216430701 skirted the coast, made it to Cape Cod Bay by mid-July, and ...
Wells National Marine Research Reserve/UNHJason GoldsteinNH's R/V Endeavor 13 July 2021 NH coast7Lobstersunderwaysurface drifters 217430701 ...;
217430702 (with sensors) was reported by a mariner on 26 July as a "capsized sailboat" and subsequently recovered by Scituate Harbor USCG;
217430703 recovered by Tory, the lifeguard at a Duxbury MA town beach, on 29 Sept 2021;
217430704 ...;
217430705 came ashore 7/19 in Gully Point Cove in Rockport and recovered by Maritime Gloucester's Amanda Madeira;
217430706 (with sensors)...;
217430707 (with sensors) ...;
Great Lakes Environmental Research LabSteve Ruberg ?? Aug 2021 Great Lakes2Waverider backupplannedUnmanned Surface Vehicles 218410821...
Stockton UniversityAnna Pfeiffer-Herbert ?? Fall 2021 off New Jersey1Educationplannedsurface drifter 213400731...
UMAINEGabby Hillyer ?? Apr 2021 Mid-Coast Maine3Educationplannedinstrumented bucket drifters 213400731...

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.