|Drifter Test of a Preliminary Version of the Trajectory Model|
On September 23, 1997 14:15 UTC two surface drifters were released in lower Tampa Bay on an outgoing tide. They were tracked by boat, and GPS measurements were taken to record their positions through the next six hours (until 20:15 UTC). In the above figure, the drifters are shown by the black lines. At the end of the test, the drifters were 241 m apart. The estimated error in drifter position is less than 100 m.
Initial position of the two drifters: 27.75 degrees north and -82.58 degrees west
Final position of the two drifters: 27.69 degrees north and -82.59 degrees west
Creator and tester of the two surface drifters,
Dave Burwell, standing with one of the drifters.