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GLobal Ocean Currents Database (GOCD)

Important Notice

2 August 2017  We are excited to announce an update of the Global Ocean Currents Database,Version 3.0 (GOCD-V3). This update expands the contents of the database by adding the following data types:

  1. Moored acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) extracted from NCEI legecy F291 format (View distribution locations map)
  2. Shipboard acoustic Doppler current profilers data with quality flags attached. (View ship cruise tracks map.)


  • To integrate global ocean currents observations from a variety of instruments with different resolution, accuracy and response to spatial and temporal variability into a uniform network common data form (NetCDF) format.
  • To assess and implement uniform current data quality and duplicates management system.
  • To provide a dedicated online data discovery, access to NCEI-hosted and distributed data sources for ocean currents data.

Dataset Citation

Dr. Charles Sun and US DOC; NOAA; NESDIS; National Centers for Environmental Information (2015). NCDI Standard Online Product: Global Ocean Currents Database (GOCD) (NCEI Accession 0093183). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset.[access date]

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