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Surf-Zone Drifters: A New Tool for Observing Nearshore Circulation

Abstract

The drifter was designed by coastal oceanography professor Robert Guza, Sea Grant trainee Wilford Schmidt, and engineers Brian Woodward and Kimball Millikan, all at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Its exterior hull is made of 11-cm-in-diameter PVC piping. Sealed inside, is a GPS receiver, a datalogger and a radio transmitter.

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