AOML
NOAA

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]

The Drifter Operations Center is managed by Shaun Dolk