SeaKeeper Drifter Program

  • SeaKeeper Drifter Program

    SeaKeeper Drifter Program

    What is a Drifter?


    Drifters are in situ water monitoring devices that float on the surface of the ocean and extend 15 meters deep into the water column.

    What kind of data does it collect?

    The SeaKeeper Drifter observes and transmits sea surface temperature, current velocity, latitude and longitude and time.

    Why does it matter?

    Drifters provide insight into ocean currents, help researchers identify patterns of marine debris accumulation, assist in hurricane prediction models, and provide uniform quality control for aging satellites.

    Why deploy Drifters?

    NOAA has an urgent demand for drifter deployment outside of global shipping routes. Deployment from private yachts expands the reach of the global drifter array and provides valuable insight into the state of the world’s oceans. NOAA particularly appreciates drifter deployments in data poor areas such as the South Pacific, West Africa, the Indian Ocean, Western South America, and Western Mexico.

    How do you deploy a Drifter?

    Step One: Remove buoy from packaging.

    Step Two: Remove on/off magnet.

    Step Three: Drop buoy into the water drogue side down.

    Step Four: Email deployment and drifter identification information to NOAA.

    Step Five: Track your drifter as it meanders the global ocean.




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