Squee! Take a trip with Bob the Drifter

While Snork-Macaroon love-children may touch some people’s cold, cold hearts, nothing brings out the SQUEE in this Physical Oceanographer like an adorable scientific instrument. Meet Bob the Drifter, a free-spirited PVC and plastic cutie roaming the Gulf of Mexico to help scientists track ocean currents.┬áBut don’t think Bob is the only one that can find sunning supermodels that have inadvertently drifted out to sea. We physical oceanographers call in our other instrument friends like Robbie the Radar, Gloria the Glider, Marco the Mooring, and even Nancy the Numerical Model to help track the currents, pollution and unfortunately even oil spills in the Gulf. I’m loving Bob so much, I’m hoping this will become a series!

Kim Martini (73 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she uses observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence).





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