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DRIFTER DEPLOYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Please Read Carefully
1) Before deployment, remove ONLY the plastic shrink-wrap.
2) DO NOT REMOVE the paper tape securing the drogue and/or tether. Likewise, DO NOT REMOVE the cardboard surrounding the float.
WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE the paper tape
securing the tether and drogue. If you do, the drogue and/or tether can unfurl
and may cause injury!
3) Record the ID number listed on the drifter.This number can be found on the shipping container, the
plastic shrink-wrap, or the protective cardboard box. It is also listed on the surface float itself.
the buoy from the stern, at lowest possible deck (preferably less than 10
meters, including heave), into the sea.
The ship may be traveling between 1 and 20 knots. The tether and drogue are secured with paper tape that will dissolve in the water.
5) Record the date, time (GMT), coordinates at deployment, and deployment details, then email this
information to the Global Drifter Program.
Thank you kindly for your assistance!
Ship Name: _____________________
Drifter ID # Date Time (GMT) Latitude Longitude
xxxxxxxxxx mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm DD mm.mm N/S   DDD mm.mm E/W
_______ ____/____/____ ____:____ ____ _______ __ ____ ________ __
Deployed From: Starboard / Port Ship Speed: _____knots
Mid-Ship / Stern Height Above Mean Sea Level ____meters
Submit deployment information to:
Web Submission: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/dac/dep_form.html