Published January 6, 2021 | Version 1.1.0
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GulfDrifters: A consolidated surface drifter dataset for the Gulf of Mexico

  • 1. ROR icon Planetary Science Institute
  • 2. CICESE


This dataset consists of all publicly available surface drifter trajectories from the Gulf of Mexico, subjected to a uniform quality control and processing methodology and interpolated onto hourly resolution.  Full details as to the datasets and processing may be found in

Lilly, J. M. and P. Pérez-Brunius (2021).  A gridded surface current product for the Gulf of Mexico from consolidated drifter measurements. Earth System Science Data, 13: 645–669.

A related dataset is the GulfFlow space/time gridded velocity product, comprised of these data together with three proprietary experiments.  GulfFlow is available at for noncommercial use. 

One of those proprietary experiments is the Deep Water Dispersion Experiment (DWDE).  This is available for noncommercial use at, together with a version of the GulfDrifters dataset, GulfDriftersDWDE, that also incorporates the DWDE data.





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Dataset: 10.5281/zenodo.3978793 (DOI)