2019 Drifter Tracks

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

updated every two hours

See a GoogleMap of just this month's tracks.
See animation of all tracks.
See the latest quicker gif animation of tracks
Download drifter construction manuals and lesson plans
Find out how to get involved with the project
Predict where a drifter (deployed off New England) will go
To see this month's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go to the MARACOOS site and click on "Drifter" layer.
See drifters and unmanned sailboats documented at NERACOOS
Read a description of the drifters themselves and how to use them.
Access the historical drifter data.
Blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues
Document a drifter finding
Read about drifters in the news
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.

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)
LEAPWilkins/Flaherty???13 July 2017 Mass Bay1educationunderwayIrina 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 ...
Educational PassagesBaldwin/Stymiest 2018 Multiple Places20?educationunderwayunmanned sailboats
Stockton UniversityPfeiffer-HerbertBarnegat Bay NJ scalloper 17 Apr 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter entrained in Gulf Stream mid-May and took off to the east
Salem Sound CoastwatchFlaherty 16 May 2018
29 May 2018
24 Jul 2018
Salem Sound3educationunderwayIrina surface drifter185420704 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 SchoolMillikenKaren Elizabeth 14 Oct 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter180410711 easily escaped the shelf, finally entrained in the Gulf Stream in late Nov, caught in enormous Gulf Stream ring, ....
Winnacunnet NH High SchoolPaganoBobby Nudd/Al Gauron/Pete Kirkland 26 Oct 2018 off NH1educationunderwayIrina surface drifters180430701 ...
Thetford Vt ElementaryBradleyF/V Illusion 08 Dec 2018 Mid-Atlantic Bight1educationunderwayunmanned sailboat 180400681 deployed by Mark Phillips
Educational PassagesStymiest 2019 Multiple Places12+educationunderwayunmanned sailboats Navis_Stellum, MPA_Sewee_Spirit, American Sunset, SV_Jamestown, and more ...
Meridian Academy High SchoolGreenwood?? 2018? Mass Bay?2educationplannedIrina surface drifters180420701 ...
Boston College High SchoolGorlis?? 2018? Mass Bay?2educationplannedIrina surface drifters180420702 ...
Waterstart/BIOSFox??2018? Off Bermuda1educationplannedIrina surface drifter180320641 ...

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.