The GDP Drifter Operations Center (DOC)

The AOML Drifter Operations Center manages the deployment of drifting buoys around the world. Using research ships, Volunteer Observation Ships (VOS) and aircraft, Lagrangian drifters are placed in areas of interest. Once verified operational, they are reported to AOML's Drifter Data Assembly Center. Incoming data from the drifters are then placed on the Global Telecommunications System (GTS) for distribution to meteorological services everywhere.

For detailed information on how to deploy drifters, data formats, acquiring, processing, archiving and distribution of the data, download the drifter training CD here [PDF]

Visit the links at left for more information about world wide drifter deployments, including the Drifter Operation Center deployment log

Weekly Drifter Array Update: Here

Download metadata csv files:

For examples of message formats, visit the following links:

The Drifter Operations Center is managed by Shaun Dolk