GDP Outreach Activities


The Global Drifter Program (GDP) works closely with various organizations around the world to promote public awareness and the increased use of drifting buoy data. Some of the leading GDP public outreach partners include:



Adopt A Drifter Program

Established in 2004, the Adopt a Drifter Program provides teachers with an educational opportunity to infuse ocean observing system data into their course curriculum. Partnering K-16 teachers from the United States with international educators, the Adopt a Drifter Program uses drifting buoys to link students and teachers. For lesson plans and educational activities, please visit the ADP Lesson Plan website.

International SeaKeepers Society

In conjunction with the International SeaKeepers Society, the Global Drifter Program is working with private vessel owners to deploy drifting buoys throughout the worlds oceans. The International SeaKeepers Society promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community. Bridging the gap between vessel owners and scientists, SeaKeepers encourages drifter deployments that will enhance the Global Drifter Array.

If you would like to view data or drifter track lines, please utilize the WMO numbers from a list of SeaKeepers deployments, then vist the GDP Real-Time Data website for additional information and resources.

To view the locations of drifting buoys deployed by SeaKeeper vessels, please choose the date of interest below.

Monthly maps are available starting in May 2014



Semester At Sea

The MV World Odyssey is the Semester At Sea campus. Outfitted as a globe-exploring university, the MV World Odyssey is a living-learning community that provides a platform for discussion, coursework and deep connections all while traveling to new locations. During these voyages, the Semester At Sea and the Global Drifter Program have partnered to deploy drifters throughout the worlds oceans. To learn more aobut Semester At Sea and other programs they support, please visit them at semesteratsea.org, or contact the University Relations team.

If you would like to view data or drifter track lines, please utilize the WMO numbers from a list of SeaKeepers deployments, then vist the GDP Real-Time Data website for additional information and resources.

To view the locations of drifting buoys deployed by the MV World Odyssey, please choose the date of interest below.

Monthly maps are available starting in Jan 2017





Volvo Ocean Race

Since 1973, competitors aboard world class sailing vessels have circumnavigated the globe during the Volvo Ocean Race. Described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event, these vessels navigate 45,000 nautical miles of open ocean, through varying ocean conditions and weather. While competition is fierce and victory is the ultimate goal, these competitors are generating legacies greater than their performance on the water. Race coordinators and competitors have worked tirelessly to incorporate scientific advancements and increase oceanographic and atmospheric data acquisition. Through hull re-designs, to crew sampling, to the deployment of drifting buoys, the Volvo Ocean Race is more than just a race!

If you would like to view data or drifter track lines, please utilize the WMO numbers from a list of Volvo Ocean Race deployments, then visit the GDP Real-Time Data website for additional information and resources.

To view the locations of drifting buoys deployed during various legs of the VOR, please choose the date of interest below.

Monthly maps are available starting in March 2018


Additional GDP Outreach and Surface Current Related Resources: