Winners of the 2018 Ocean 180 Video Challenge

CARTHE + Waterlust video awarded top prize in the 2018 Ocean 180 Video Challenge!!

For several years, CARTHE scientists, based at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (UM), worked to develop a new, biodegradable, low cost, easy to assemble, surface drifter that would move with ocean currents and accurately report its position during CARTHE experiments.  We want to know how water moves in the ocean and how it transports pollutants.

Our friends at Waterlust (run by UM alumni, Patrick and Fiona Rynne) helped us share the story of invention, perseverance, and success in a short video called “Drifting into the Gulf.”  The video helps to bring people into the lab and the field with our scientists, and clearly communicates our research to students, so we submitted it along with the associated publication (Novelli et al 2017) to COSEE Florida, the organizers of the Ocean 180 Video Challenge. And we waited as the judges reviewed the submissions…

The judges for the 2018 Ocean 180 Challenge were 21,000  middle school students in over 900 classrooms around the world! After watching all of the finalists and scoring each one on a specialized rubric, the winners were announced. Drifting into the Gulf won 1st Place (Professional category).  For young students to understand and enjoy our work is so rewarding!

Drifting in the Gulf from Ocean 180 Video Challenge on Vimeo.

In 2015, CARTHE + Waterlust won this same competition with the video “Drones at the Beach,” about the use of drones to study coastal circulation, which accompanies the publication, Brouwer et al 2014.

Drones at the Beach from Ocean 180 Video Challenge on Vimeo.

It is an honor to be able to share our videos with so many students.  Thank you to COSEE Florida for organize such a great program for both the scientists and the students.  We can’t wait for next year!


Novelli, Guillaume, Cédric M. Guigand, Charles Cousin, Edward H. Ryan, Nathan J.M. Laxague, Hanjing Dai, Brian K. Haus, Tamay M. Özgokmen, 2017. A biodegradable surface drifter for ocean sampling on a massive scale. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 34 (11): 2509-2532

Brouwer, R. L., M. A. de Schipper, P. F. Rynne, F. J. Graham, A. J.H.M. Reniers, J. H. MacMahan. 2014. Surf zone monitoring using rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol.


Support Provided by: A grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

CARTHE (Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment) is a research team dedicated to predicting the fate of oil released into our environment to help inform and guide response teams, thereby protecting and minimizing damage to human health, the economy, and the environment. It is based at the University of Miami but consists of 44 principle investigators from 27 institutions.