Bob the Drifter – A Waterlust film about ocean currents

Meet Bob the Drifter – one of the many important devises that collect data for CARTHE, the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment.

Bob is specially designed to drift with the surface currents and is equipped with a GPS unit so the CARTHE scientists can track where he goes and how fast he is moving. In the video, follow Bob as he moves throughout the Gulf of Mexico, providing information to scientists so they can predict where pollutants, people, and larval lobster may go based on how the ocean currents are moving.

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The CARTHE team is based at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).

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