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NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program Engages Schools in Ocean Climate Science – Adopt a Drifter Today!

People engaged in the NOAA Adopt a Drifter Program

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Adopt a Drifter Program (ADP) is to establish scientific partnerships between schools around the world and to engage students in activities and communication about ocean climate science. GLOBE schools are invited to adopt a drifter today!

What is a drifter? A drifter (or a drifting buoy) is a piece of scientific equipment that collects data on the ocean’s surface. Drifters allow scientists to track ocean currents, changes in temperature, salinity, and other important components of the ocean’s surface as they float freely and transmit information.

The ADP was started in 2004. Since then, more than 80 schools worldwide have participated. The program links together schools from the United States and around the world to learn more about ocean temperature and currents. The amount of participation from the schools is up to the partners.

To read more about the program, click here.

To look at potential lesson plans, click here.

If you’re interested in joining the program, click here.

If you have any questions, please email Emily Smith (ADP Coordinator) at:


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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office