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2nd NOAA drifter buoy deployed by Atlantic Odyssey yacht

The FLEUR DE SEL family with Martin Kramp (JCOMMOPS, right) and Pascal Guiraudou (Atlantic Odyssey, left). FLEUR DE SEL’s crew will deploy the 3d drifter on the Atlantic Odyssey trip.

I am pleased to tell you that the second NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) drifter buoy has now been deployed by one of the boat taking part in the Atlantic Odyssey.

This is a description of the program we are taking part in:

Four drifters are being deployed during the Atlantic Odyssey as a contribution to the Global Drifter Programme (GDP). The GDP is a scientific project of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP), an international programme coordinating the use of autonomous data buoys to observe atmospheric and oceanographic conditions.

The collaboration is part of a budding partnership between Cornell Sailing and JCOMMOPS, the Observing Programmes Support Centre of the Joint Technical Commission of the World Meteorological Organization and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

As you can read in the report below, what we are doing now is a test run for a far more ambitious program during the forthcoming Blue Planet Odyssey. This is something that had never been done before, and I hope that you share in my pride of being able to make our own contribution to the work being done by the international scientific community.

You can follow the progress of the Atlantic Odyssey on our website: www.atlanticodyssey.org

Jimmy Cornell

Read the report (on the UNESCO’s website):
Atlantic Odyssey Contributes to Ocean Observation
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