Surface Drifter Database
2 June 1986 to 11 November 1999
This CD-ROM contains the data of satellite-tracked surface drifters in the Mediterranean Sea for the period 2 June 1986 to 11 November 1999.
The drifters were deployed in the Mediterranean Sea for sientific and operational purposes by various institutions from different countries. Their raw data were kindly made available to be inserted into this common database.
The raw drifter data, essentially position (latitude and longitude) and sea surface temperature, were first reduced and edited for spikes and outliers. They were them interpolated at uniformally distributed times, low-pass filtered and sub-sampled at 6-hour intervals.
A html-based browser was designed to facilitate access to the data. Individual plots (trajectories and time-series), composite trajectory plots (spaghetti diagrams) and animations as well as documentation on the data processing are easily accessible through standard HTML documents, and can be visualized using a web viewer such as Netscape or similar. The processed drifter data are also provided in the form of MATLAB binary files.
This product is the collective work of Pierre-Marie
Riccardo Barbanti, Roberto Cecco, Carolina Fayos, Elena Mauri, Laura
and Pietro Zanasca. Funding was principally provided by a grant from
United States Office of Naval Research to Pierre-Marie Poulain. The
raw drifter data was provided by the following institutes: Naval
Postgraduate School, NATO
Undersea Research Centre, Naval
Oceanography Office, Consejo
Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ente
per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e
degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope", Telespazio and Istituto
Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale.