2020 Drifter Tracks
Resolving transport pathways through New England's continental shelf waters and beyondupdated every two hours
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PI (report/blog) Deployers (deploy video) Date Deployed (animation) Dropsite (forecast) #units Science (googleearth) Status (googlemap) ID-Type of Unit (photo) Fate (photo) LEAP Wilkins/Flaherty ??? 13 July 2017 Mass Bay 1 education done Irina surface drifter 177420701 drifted SSW towards the mouth of Boston Harbor, body found ashore with no transmitter;
170420702 headed NE to Jeffries Ledge and then survived for almost two years before it went down in a hurricanr in Sept 2019
Educational Passages Baldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places 20? education underway unmanned sailboats Stockton University Pfeiffer-Herbert Barnegat Bay NJ scalloper 17 Apr 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education done Irina surface drifter entrained in Gulf Stream mid-May and took off to the east Salem Sound Coastwatch Flaherty 16 May 2018
29 May 2018
24 Jul 2018
Salem Sound 3 education done Irina surface drifter 185420704 may have come ashore the next morning on Pope's Island rocks but then continued on for a few days to land at Littles Point rocks near Swampscot on 18 May where Emily recovered it;
186420701 was deployed near shore and made its way out around Georges Bank on the southern flank in late July ...;
187420704 deployed just east of Baker's Island on 24 July and washed ashore a few days later near the Curtis Estate (Manchester-by-the-Sea) where Emily recovered it.
Falmouth MA High School Milliken Karen Elizabeth 14 Oct 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education doen Irina surface drifter 180410711 easily escaped the shelf, finally entrained in the Gulf Stream in late Nov, caught in enormous Gulf Stream ring, died past the Azores in March 2020 Winnacunnet NH High School Pagano Bobby Nudd/Al Gauron/Pete Kirkland 26 Oct 2018 off NH 1 education done Irina surface drifters 180430701 went dead before Azores in early Oct 2019 Thetford Vt Elementary Bradley F/V Illusion 08 Dec 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education done unmanned sailboat 180400681 deployed by Mark Phillips almost made it to the Azores before it went silent. Educational Passages Stymiest 2019 Multiple Places 12+ education underway unmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ... Meridian Academy High School Greenwood Jeff White 30 Mar 2019 off S. Maine 2 education done Irina surface drifters 193420701 died 12/31 mid-ocean
193420702 died 10/27 SE of Grand Banks
Waterford CT High O'Conner Envirolab II - Project Oceanology 09 Apr,?? May, and 06 June 2019 Long Island Sound 3 education done bucket drifter 194410721 oscillated with the tide for a few days west of Block Island until 15 April when it washed up on Sand Hill Cove Beach in Pt Judith, RI and was rescued by the Narragansett fire department;
195410721 washed up on a mansion's beach on Long Island and recovered by the local fire department there;
196410701 traveled similar to the May bucket offshore Long Island and then went silent on 27 June.
Principia College Farson R/V Jim Franks 11 Apr 2019 Gulf of Mexico 2 education done Irina surface drifters 193410691 went silent 5/28
193410693 went silent 5/26
Falmouth MA High School Milliken F/V Kathy Ann 06 June 2019 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education done Irina surface drifter 196410711 died late August beyond Grand banks Bangor United Tech Center
Cape Town Univ.
Baldwin Maine Maritime
S.A. Algulhas II
13 May 2019
early July 2019
3 education done miniboats USS Baldwin recovered by Kells Bay lobsterman in Ireland
USS Miller stopped reporting off the Portuguese mainland in early November
Sailing on a Dream made it remote beach in Australia and apparently never found.
WHOI/ECOHAB McGillicuddy/Keafer R/V Connecticut 13 June 2019 Bay of Fundy 4 HABs done Irina surface drifter and drogued 196440671 ....;
196440672 drogue completed first trip around gyre in 12 days, hungup on gear, cut up with drogue getting to the mainland and surface float escaping to the south....;
196440673 after one trip around the gyre traveled 6600km in the upper-bay tide until it came ashore during Dorian's passage on 8 Sept 2019 and was recovered by Tracy Webb "Only missing two panels and one bottom bar!";
196440674 drogue escaped towards Digby Neck before others, recovered by Steve Travis, a lobsterman, on 28 June and brought inland.;
Waterstart Fox Polaris 18 June 2019 Off Bermuda 1 education underway Cassie surface bamboo drifter 196320641 made several loops around Bermuda and ... WHOI/ECOHAB McGillicuddy/Keafer R/V Connecticut 11 July 2019 Bay of Fundy 5 HABs done Irina surface drifter and drogued 197440671 drogued landed on Cape Cod in Oct Northeaster but never found;
197440672 drogued came ashore near Cape Chignecto (West Advocate Nova Scotia), recovered drogueless by Doug Morris and Susan Clarke who will mail back transmitter to Erin;
197440673 drogued deployed south of Grand Manan, made it to the Gulf Stream, and died in mid-December
197440674 recovered by Acadia Univ in October;
197440675 made it all the way to Grand Banks, still going in January 2020;
GLERL Ruberg ?? 19 June 2019 Lake Michigan 1 instrument test done Eddie surface drifter 196430861 ... US Navy Sea Cadets Thiede 11 Sep 2019 off Hudson Shelf 1 education done "Denis" surface drifter With spars secured well with stays and additional flotation, it got caught Gulf Stream but then started intermittent reports until ... Acadia University Redden/Sanderson/Adams ?? 10 Sep 2019 Upper Bay of Fundy 1 tidal power done Special Drogue 5m deep Other instruments as deep as 23.3m oscillated in the big tide for weeks before grounding in early October 2019 near Halls Harbor Sturgis High School/NSF Strong R/V Thompson 06 Aug 2019 Mid-Atlantic Bight 1 education done Irina surface drifter 198390691 big loop in a Gulf Stream ring then died south of the Scotian Shelf in mid-Novemebr GLERL Ruberg ?? 12 Sep 2019 Lake Erie 1 HABs done Eddie surface drifters 199410811 died offshore after a few weeks.
199410812 long distance alongshore and died in mid-December
199410813 long distance alongshore and died in mid-December
St Hubert's Catholic High School for Girls Frank Rutgers oceanographers 15 Oct 2019 NY Harbor 1 education done Irina surface drifters 196390731 made it into the Gulf Stream and died in mid-January 2020 U Maine Hillyer ?? 2019 Maine Coast 3 education done bucket drifters not processed by NOAA Boston College High School Gourlis Albatross 31 Oct 2019 Cape Cod Bay 2 education done Irina surface drifters 190410701 landed on Great island in Wellfleet Gulf of Maine Institute Halloran/Smith ?? 14 Nov 2019 Mass Bay 2 education done Irina surface drifters 190410705 landed near Barnstable Harbor Wellfleet Audubon/URI/Falmouth Schools/Cape Cod Academy Page/Green/Milliken/Smith/McManus Albatross 31 Oct 2019
14 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
19 Nov 2019
Cape Cod Bay 14+ education/turtles done Irina surface drifters,retractable drogues,miniboats,etc 190410701 ...190410704
Wellan Montessori Lucier ?? 19 Nov 2019 Mass Bay 2 education/turtles underway wooden turtle 190420702 headed for Cape Cod Bay evidently healthy and upright Savannah State Hintz R/V Margaret Robinson 19 Nov 2019 South Atlantic Bight 1 education underway Irina surface drifters 190320801 ... Oglethorpe Charter School Wells R/V Margaret Robinson 19 Nov 2019 South Atlantic Bight 2 education done Irina surface drifters 190320802 ...
University of Otago New Zealand Smith ?? 2019 off New Zealand 6 education test/failed drogued drifters 190451701 ...
University of Otago New Zealand Smith ?? 2020 off New Zealand 6 education underway drogued drifters 201451701 ...
201451702 came shore a few weeks later on the peninsula south of Christchurch
201451703 came shore a few weeks later on the peninsula south of Christchurch
Educational Passages Stymiest 2020 Multiple Places ?? 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 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Llopiz/Hernandez R/V Neil Armstrong 12 March 2020 off SNE shelf 1 larval transport underway Bamboo drogue drifter 203400671 deployed foof shelf 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 ...
Well Estuarine Reserve Goldstein/Lippmann R/V Endeavor 25 June 2020 Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve/UNH 24 lobster underway surface drifters
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.