Drift Card Study
Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks
The International SeaKeepers Society partnered with University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE) to study surface ocean transport. The original idea for this project arose when Vizcaya Museum and Gardens approached researchers at CARTHE with an interest in identifying the origin of the large amount of debris they regularly find in their mangroves and along their shore. CARTHE partnered with Vizcaya and the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science to develop the Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study.
As part of the study, scientists deployed GPS-equipped, biodegradable drifters and drifter cards in multiple locations inside Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami. The drifters will be tracked in order to provide important data on how currents are effecting the way particles move in Biscayne Bay, which influences the fate of oil and other pollutants into the marine environment.
The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE)
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science