Global Drifter Program Objectives

  1. Describe mixed-layer velocity on a global basis (5 deg. lat X 5 deg. lon resolution). Produce new charts of seasonal surface circulation of the world ocean.

  2. Provide operational data stream
  3. Verify global climate models
  4. Compute single particle diffusivities, eddy statistics and interannual to annual variability

  5. Construct models of wind driven currents

  6. Obtain high resolution coverage in special regions for process studies, e.g.,