Gulf of Mexico

The overarching goal of Spray underwater glider operations in the Gulf of Mexico was to improve dynamical knowledge of oceanographic conditions in the Loop Current and associated eddies.

A specific objective was to provide data to data assimilating models to establish the predictability of currents in the region.

JUN 2010 - OCT 2014

Temperature, Salinity, Depth-Averaged Velocity

  • Region: Gulf of Mexico
  • PI: Daniel L. Rudnick
  • Funded by: BP, National Science Foundation

Project Dataset Files

Cleaned, post-processed and vertically binned to meet user needs

Access Options

Data are available in CF compliant NetCDF files and are also available via our ERDDAP server which offers additional file types, data subsetting, visualization options and more.

Gulf of Mexico

JUN 2010 - OCT 2014

Project Dataset Processing

  • Averaged to 10-m vertical bins
  • Bins improve ease of use
  • Bins allow for easy integration of ADCP acoustic backscatter and velocity data
  • Filtered using QC flags
  • Only high-quality data are represented in each bin

How to Cite

When using this dataset, please cite the data as:

Rudnick, D. (2017). Spray underwater glider campaign in Gulf of Mexico [Data set]. Instrument Development Group, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. doi: 10.21238/S8SPRAY0420


Gopalakrishnan, G., I. Hoteit, B. D. Cornuelle, and D. L. Rudnick, 2019: Comparison of 4DVAR and EnKF State Estimates and Forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society; doi: 10.1002/qj.3493
Todd, R. E., Owens, W. B., & Rudnick, D. L. (2016). Potential vorticity structure in the North Atlantic western boundary current from underwater glider observations. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 46(1), 327-348; doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0112.1
Rudnick, D. L., Gopalakrishnan, G., & Cornuelle, B. D. (2015). Cyclonic eddies in the Gulf of Mexico: observations by underwater gliders and simulations by numerical model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 45(1), 313-326; doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0138.1
Gopalakrishnan, G., Cornuelle, B. D., Hoteit, I., Rudnick, D. L., & Owens, W. B. (2013). State estimates and forecasts of the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico using the MITgcm and its adjoint. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118(7), 3292-3314; doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20239