German Bight surface drifter data from Heincke cruise HE 445


The drifters were deployed within the German Bight of the North Sea from the FS Heincke during cruise HE 445, which was performed between 18. May and 1. June 2015. The utilized drifters obtain their position via the Global Positioning System (GPS) and communicated their locations to the lab via Iridium (a global full ocean coverage bidirectional satellite communication network). Within the experiment, two different drifter models were used. The first drifter model used for courses 1 to 6 is a cylinder shaped drifter (MD03i), which has a diameter of 0.1 m and a length of 0.32 m, where only approx. 0.08 m are above the water surface when deployed). The other drifters for courses 7 to 9 were sphere shaped (ODi) with a 0.2 m diameter, which is only approx. 0.1 m above the water surface. To enhance the drag of both types of drifters, a sail was attached 0.5 m bellow the sea surface with a 0.5m length and diameter. Due to the very small sail area above the water surface the drifter's path, represent the current in the upper meter of the water column. Project: PACES II (Polar Regions and Coasts in a Changing Earth System).
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