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GOCD Data Category

This page is a catalog of the ocean currents datasets that have been tested to work well for access with the Global Ocean Currents Data Portal (GOCDP). The GOCDP is a suite of Web map service applications and allows users to search ocean currents data by platform types. Select a dataset below to see more details and access it.

Current meters

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The dataset contains time series of ocean currents data obtained by moored current meters at the same spatial location with monotonically increasing times. The date coverage of the dataset is from 1962 to 2005. Data are stored in the GOCD NetCDF format for time series feature type.

Moored ADCPs

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The dataset contains series of ocean current profiles obtained by moored acoustic Doppler current profilers at the same spatial location with monotonically increasing times. The date coverage of the dataset is from 1994 to 2005. Data are stored in the GOCD NetCDF format for time series profiles feature type.

Shipboard ADCPs

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The dataset contains ocean currents obtained by shipboard acoustic Doppler current profilers located at points ordered along a ship cruise with monotonically increasing times. The date coverage of the data set is from 1979 to 2013. Data are stored in the GOCD NetCDF format for vertical profile, i.e., data points along a vertical line at a fixed horizontal position and fixed time, or along a trajectory, i.e., a series of profile features located at points ordered along a cruise track.

Drifting Platforms

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The dataset contains surface ocean currents derived from drifting platforms along a path through space with monotonically increasing times. The date coverage of the dataset is from 1894 to 1993. Data are stored in the GOCD text format or NetCDF format for trajectory feature type.

High Frequency Radars

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The dataset contains surface ocean currents data derived from high frequency (HF) radar systems. For the purpose of demonstration, the current coverage of the dataset is 2016/04. Data are stored in the GOCD NetCDF format for gridded or point feature types.

Ocean Gliders

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This page provides access to ocean currents data derived from ocean gliders located at points ordered along an ocean glider's track with monotonically increasing times. The data coverage is from 2009 to 2016. Data are stored in the GOCD NetCDF format for trajectory feature type.