2022 Drifter Tracks

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

updated every few hours

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Plots of this year's tracks are linked in the table below.
Drifter tracks from in previous years:
2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 .

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)
Wellan Montessori Annie Radigan Jeff White Nov 11, 2021 off NH 1 education done wooden turtle drifter 210430702 came ashore the next day on York Beach
Wellan Montessori Annie Radigan F/V Miss Julie Feb 9, 2022 Georges Bank 1 education underway wooden turtle drifter 222400681 south of the Azores in Nov 2022
Jacksonville Marine Lab J Stalker Crowley Cargo Ship Mar 28, 2022 Gulf Stream off FL 2 education done surface drifters 222280792 short lived
Rye Learning Skills Academy Dave Bellantone F/V Vivenne May Capt Jeff Donnell Mar 16, 2022 off Southern Maine 1 education done surface drifter 223430701 deployed off Boon Island Maine and dies near Grand Banks
Seton Hall Prep High David Snyder F/V Nathaniel Lee Aug 21 2022 Oceanographers Canyon 2 education underway mini surface drifter 228400691,228400692 separated by several hundred miles after a few months
Great Lake Environmental Research Lab Steve Ruberg ? Fall 2022 Lake Michgan 1 red tide done 2by4 surface drifter 220860441 came ashore late November near Point Betsie, Michigan
Jacksonville Marine Lab J Stalker Crowley cargo ship Nov 2, 2022 St John River Plume 4 education done surface drifters 220280791-6 - classic river plume flow to the south and on the beach within a few days with story in the news
Waterford CT High OConner R/V Neil Armstrong Nov 13, 2022 Southern New England Shelf 1 education underway surface drifter 220400721 - along with Educational Passages miniboat "Lady Lance" as documented with a weekly blog with the deployment video posted here.
Stockton University Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert ?? 2022 off New Jersey 1 education planned surface drifter 223400731...
Meadowbrook Elementary  Jessica MacManus  ??  2022 Cape Cod Bay  2  education planned  surface drifters  
Southern Maine Community Brian Tarbox  ??  2022  S Maine  2+   education planned surface drifters   
Falmouth MA High   Cheryl Milliken  ??  2022 Cape Cod Bay  3   education planned  surface drifters  
Jacksonville Marine Lab J Stalker   Jan 2023 Gulf Stream off FL? ? education planned surface drifters

Note: Most units are prepared by students in the classroom. The majority are standard "surface drifters" marking only the top 1-meter of the water column, and some have subsurface drogues typically centered at 10m-15m below the surface. For details, call 508-566-4080 or email james.patrick.manning@gmail.com.