Drifter Data for the Classroom

Exploring the Ocean Surface with Data from the Global Drifter Program

This guide from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College provides educators with information on the classroom use of buoy data from the Global Drifter Program. This data is produced by an array of over 1000 drifting buoys, monitored by satellite, that make measurements of sea surface temperature (SST) and surface velocity.  The data are used to track ocean currents and measure properties such as sea surface temperature, salinity, wind speed, and atmospheric pressure. Topics include meteorology, ocean surface currents, and hurricanes.


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