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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– September 2015

United States Naval Academy
Transport and Dispersion of Crab Larval Patches


Argos will be used for a faculty and midshipmen research project examining the role of biological and physical forcing on the population dynamics of the oyster. To this end, clusters of Argos-tracked surface drifters will be deployed in the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay in order to assess potential dispersion and aggregation of zooplankton patches.

The data will be analyzed by students at the Naval Academy and presented at scientific meetings and as senior capstone research projects. In addition, the drifting PTTs assigned to the program may be used as a part of the laboratory component of the biological oceanography course at the Naval Academy.

Midshipmen will have the opportunity to find and track drifters in the field and plot the resulting trajectories. Bio-physical application of drifting buoy data will be discussed in a complementary lecture.

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