Bob Weller and Mary Cook getting ready to deploy a surface drifter.
In December 2004, the stratus cruise hosted Mary Cook from Arkansas as the TAS along with Diane Stanitski, a program manager in the NOAA Climate Observation program. During this cruise the NOAA Adopt-a-Drifter program was initiated, in which classrooms “adopt” a surface drifting buoy and subsequently follow its track and data while learning more about the oceans. An amazing interaction developed during the cruise between Mary Cook, Diane Stanitski and the on board science. Together with the Chief Boatswain of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, they produced a book about this research cruise aimed at middle school students.