Student Drifters in Science Research

Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB Project)

As part of the ECOHAB project, we at the GOMLF have deployed drifters (both surface and drogue) in the Bay of Fundy to help modelers. The goal of this project is to better understand the role of the Bay of Fundy gyre, a large system of circular currents formed by ...
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Better understanding sea turtle strandings

The sea turtles residing in Cape Cod Bay each fall are often trapped and fail to migrate into warmer waters. As they become “cold stunned”, they are no longer able to swim and often wash ashore stranded. Their fate, whether that be washing ashore or leaving the bay to warmer ...
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Searching for Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae in the Slope Sea

In June 2016, Christina Hernandez (shown on the riight) and Joel Llopiz began to explore "Atlantic Bluefin Tuna spawning in the Slope Sea: larval growth and retention" while at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with collaborator Glen Gawarkiewicz. The team planned to build and deploy 4 sets of drifters ...
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Tracking marine debris transport

As part of the NOAA Marine Debris Program funded project, "Tracking Marine Debris Transport: An Education and Outreach Project to Enhance Stewardship and Prevention Behaviors in the Gulf of Maine", we at the GOMLF have deployed surface drifters throughout the Gulf of Maine to better understand the transport of marine ...
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