Microstar" drifters to observe and study near-shore ocean circulation off the Southern California coast. The drifters record their position with GPS every 10 minutes and transmit their position data in near real-time to a web-based host computer using the Mobitex narrow band, data-only, cellular communications system. This sort of time and space resolution enables characteristic near-shore circulation patterns to be properly resolved. The drifters give direct observations of paths taken by freely floating objects at the ocean surface such as spilled oil, other pollutants, or things lost at sea.
Experiment / Deployment Areas
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Ohlmann, J. C., P. White, L. Washburn, E. Terrill, B. Emery, and M. Otero,
Interpretation of Coastal HF Radar-Derived Surface Currents with High-Resolution Drifter Data
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
, 24, 666-680, 2007.
Emery, B. E., L. Washburn, M. Love, M. M. Nishimoto, and J. C. Ohlmann,
Do Oil and Gas Platforms off California Reduce Recruitment of Bocaccio (
Sebastes Paucispinis) to Natural Habitat? An Analysis based on Trajectories derived from High Frequency Radar
, 104, 391-400, 2006.
Ohlmann, J. C., A new kind of drifter to observe the coastal ocean,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1219-1220, 2005.
South Central California CODAR Project
San Diego Coastal Ocean Observing System