Drifting Platforms

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.

Interactive Map Instructions

Interactive Map

NOTE: The actual retrieval time will depend on the volume of the dataset being retrieved. Users may experience map problems when there are too many data points. The data points are drawn in ascending order of their ocean current speed values. Hence, the largest available values are seen on top when there are multiple data points at the same location.

Online Access

Category Description Data Download Link
Ship Drift This data set contains over 4 million surface current observations between 1894 and 1993, almost all obtained by the ship drift method.  ○  GOCD text format files