NOAA Drift Buoys

Students deploying drift buoy

This project guides students through the construction and deployment of drift buoys with satellite transmitters to track and monitor drift current patterns, access weather data, and other aspects happening real-time on Lake Erie. PA Sea Grant collaborates with staff at the NOAA Woods Hole Research Center in Ohio on this project.  

Contact David Boughton to arrange for GPS tracker and lake deployment. 

(Construction Manual, Classroom instruction, Grade 7-12)     

For more information about the PA Sea Grant drift buoy project read the Erie Times-NIE page.  For more information about NOAA Drift Buoys go to:




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