Deployment Location: 4/11/2011, 18:00 UTC at 87° 59.3’N, 178° 30.5’W
Last Location: 10/4/2012, 23:00 UTC at 67° 37.9’ N, 29° 3.6’ W
Duration: 542 days
Distance Travelled: 5573 km
Number of profiles: 1289 in 322 days
Other instruments: IMBB 2011-C, AOFB 23, PAWS, webcam
ITP 47 was deployed on a 3.5 m thick icefloe in the Transpolar Drift from the Russian ice camp Barneo in collaboration with the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) . On the same icefloe, a Naval Postgraduate School Arctic Ocean Flux Buoy (AOFB 23), an US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Ice Mass Balance Buoy (IMB 2011-C), an US-IABP Polar Area Weather Station (PAWS) and NOAA/PMEL webcam were deployed. The ITP operated on a fast sampling schedule of 4 one-way profiles between 7 and 760 m depth each day.
In September 2013, the surface package of the ITP was discovered washed ashore in Blacksod Bay in western Ireland by filmmaker Fergus Sweeney who retrieved the buoy and showcased it on an educational exhibit called "Drifted, ITP 47" at Aras Inis Gluaire in Belmullet, Ireland in February 2014.
Video shown at the exhibit is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdnxuEeg9c.
Video of the exhibit is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGSeLq2sU2g.
More information on this buoy’s journey to Ireland is available at: http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/a-buoys-long-strange-trip and http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/arctic-buoy-travels-15-000-miles-to-mayo-phoning-home-1.1671223.