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GLobal Ocean Currents Database (GOCD)

Important Notice

19 January 2018  The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is proud to announce a tailored Web application interface that allows users to search for shipboard acoustic Doppler current profiles (SADCP) submitted by the Joint Archive for SADCP (JASADCP), a collaboration between NOAA/NCEI and the Currents Group at the University of Hawaii. The Web application allows users to download the JASADCP standard subsets in ASCII text or NetCDF format and access the high resolution data sets as CODAS binary files as well. In addition, it has an interactive map that allows users to search for SADCP data by cruises and/or spatial/temporal ranges of their interest. The dedicated Web application is available at


  • 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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