Information to deployers

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General Information

The drifting buoys which are deployed in North Atlantic and adjacent seas are participating in two programmes: the Global drifter programme (GDP) and E-SURFMAR.

GDP is concerned by all SVP buoys drifting in the world - even if they are not fitted with barometers -, while E-SURFMAR is the Surface Marine Observation Programme of EUMETNET, of which one of the components is drifting buoys measuring the air pressure. EUMETNET is the network of European meteorological services. Information on E-SURFMAR may be get from (choose "EUCOS Networks" then "E-SURFMAR" in the left menu).

Deployment reports

Two ways exist to report deployment information after launches by the ships:

  • to AOML. The GPD deployment form may be used to... and/or
  • to and by email. A form is available at the end of the deployment instruction document. Although this document concerns a particular type of buoy, the deployment log form is suitable for any kind of buoy.

It must be noticed that deployment information is regularly exchanged between GDP and E-SURFMAR. Once transmitted, deployment information should appear in the GDP log at a few days later.

Buoy tracks

They may be displayed on several website.

  • The most friendly one is probably Sailwx. In the menu, choose "Ship tracker" then "Find specific ship by name or callsign" and enter the WMO Id of the buoy as callsign.
Iridium buoy data cannot be seen on this website yet. It must be also noticed that E-SURFMAR is not responsible for the information displayed on this website.
  • Monthly tracks of barometer buoys operating in the North Atlantic may be displayed here but buoys are not individually identified.
  • An animation of barometer buoy drifts may be also seen here.
  • Other tools to display drifting buoy tracks are normally available at MEDS.