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Global Ocean Currents Database

The Global Ocean Current Database (GOCD) integrates ocean current data from a wide variety of capture methods, resolutions, and formats into a single format (NetCDF) archive. The GOCD is a valuable resource that gives scientists and researchers a comprehensive depiction of global current activity and structure. It also allows ocean modelers, ocean resource managers, and the shipping industry quantify the impact of currents on their operations.

Access Methods

The GOCD Data Access portal includes search interfaces for moored current meter, acoustic doppler profiler, drifting platform, high frequency radar, and ocean glider data. The portal also includes a suite of the originators datasets that make up the GOCD product. 

Launch GOCD Portal


Sun, Charles; US DOC/NOAA/NESDIS > National Centers for Environmental Information (2018). NCEI Standard Product: Global Ocean Currents Database (GOCD) (NCEI Accession 0171666). Version 3.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]