Details of Drifter deployment in the framework of the IMPACT (Port impacts on marine protected areas: transnational cooperative actions) project


Dataset identification

Title of datasetDrifter deployment in the framework of the IMPACT (Port impacts on marine protected areas: transnational cooperative actions) project
Narrative summary of datasetThe deployment was part of the IMPACT project ( ) and performed in collaboration with the CMRE-NATO under the framework of a LOGMEC (Long-term glider missions for environmental characterization) experiment. 40 CARTHE-type drifters were deployed in the open sea, in front of the Gulf of La Spezia Gulf (Italy) on May 2, 2019. CARTHE-type drifters are biodegradable drifters, spanning the first 60cm of the water column (Novelli 2017, 2018, 2020). The deployment strategy consisted of releasing drifters on a regular grid (about 6km side and 1km step, with some 500m nesting) in a time window of about 2-3 hours. 5 drifters were released in line after passing by the Portovenere Channel, while exiting the Gulf of La Spezia. 5 drifters were collected nearby Toulon (France) on May 17, 2019 and 4 of them were redeployed in the same area on June 24, 2020 (logistical support by University of Toulon). Each file contains a drifter trajectory in the NetCDF format (ex:,, etc...). Trajectories of those drifters that were collected and re-deployed are splitted in different files (ex:, Nominal drifter transmission rate: 5 minutes. Positions available until June 28, 2019. The dataset includes raw positions; outliers were removed.   References: • Novelli, G., C.M. Guigand, C. Cousin, E. Ryan, N. Laxague, H. Dai, B. Haus, and T.M. Özgökmen (2017). A biodegradable surface drifter for ocean sampling on a massive scale. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 34(11), 2509-2532. • Novelli, G., C.M. Guigand, T.M. Özgökmen (2018). Technological Advances in Drifters for Oil Transport Studies. Marine Technology Society Journal, 52(6), 53-61. • Novelli, G, C.M. Guigand, M. Boufadel, T.M. Özgökmen (2020). On the transport and landfall of marine oil spills, laboratory and field observations. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 150, 110805. Important Note: This submission has been initially submitted to SEA scieNtific Open data Edition (SEANOE) publication service and received the recorded DOI. The metadata elements have been further processed (refined) in EMODnet Ingestion Service in order to conform with the Data Submission Service specifications.
Start date2019-05-02
End date2019-06-28
Frequency of observationsminute to sub-hour

Responsible organisations

Organisation nameIfremer, Scientific Information Systems for the sea
Role of organisationDataset Holding Organisation
Organisation nameSEA scieNtific Open data Edition
Role of organisationPublisher

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Date of original dataset publication2020-08-06
Dataset formatNetwork Common Data Form
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC-BY 4.0
Link to dataset after processing by data centre{704DF09A-F79D-492A-AC6D-CEFCACB82EC1}


Latitude north boundary44.66
Longitude east boundary10.5
Latitude south boundary41.25
Longitude west boundary5
Sea areaMediterranean Region
Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea, Western Basin
Ligurian Sea
Vertical extent maximum60 Centimetres

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeinapplicable
ParameterHorizontal spatial co-ordinates
Instrument typesatellite tracking system
Platform typedrifting surface float
Data quality processing informationRaw data

Process information

Submitting organisationCNR, Institute of Marine Sciences S.S. of Lerici (SP)
Submission identifier (UUID)a53ad03f-3732-7323-3233-000000072369
Date of dataset creation2020-04-01
Date of dataset revision2020-06-10
Date of metadata creation2020-6-12
Date of metadata latest revision2020-07-06
Date of publishing2020-07-22
Date of processed dataset publication2020-08-20
Processing data centreNational Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Division of Oceanography
Summary record-ID633