Sofar Data Services

Access the largest planetary scale ocean data network from anywhere in the world. Whether you work in research or shipping, aquaculture or advocacy, we have the data to power the ocean understanding and insights you need.

Globe view on a tablet of the Spotter buoy network

The best marine weather data & forecasts

Largest sensor network

Thousands of Spotter buoys in all five oceans collecting over 100K data points every day
Global, real-time data always at your fingertips through the Spotter API and dashboard
Globe view of spotters in the ocean and areas of bad weather

Cutting-edge forecasting models from marine experts

Our team of ocean scientists and researchers continuously assimilate data using advanced modeling platforms
We produce global wave forecasts that are 40% more accurate than leading government forecast centers.
The best marine weather forecasts
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Instant Access

Retrieve real-time in situ observational data and high-resolution model data on demand.

REST APIs

Built for the needs of developers and data scientists with REST APIs and clean JSON — no more FTP servers or archaic formats.

Cloud Powered

Designed for the cloud, our data platform is always available, continuously upgraded, and can be customized to meet your needs.

Our Data APIs
Marine Weather

A set of high-resolution models give a holistic view of marine weather conditions.

FEATURES

• Global 1/4 degree resolution wave model coverage

• Hindcast, nowcast, and 16-day forecast

• Data from Sofar Wave Models, ECMWF, GFS, GDAS, GOFS, and HYCOM.

• Hourly resolution, 6-hour updates

Available Data
Wind
Waves
Currents
SST
Barometer
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Spotter Observations

Access to both real-time and historical sensor data from our Spotter buoy network.

FEATURES

• Live and historical data

• Wave spectra - significant wave height, peak & mean period, direction

• Geo & time filters to access data in specific regions & at specific times

• Hourly resolution, 6-hour updates

Available Data
Wind
Waves
Currents
SST
Barometer
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Wave Spectra

Wave spectra at any geographic point from the Sofar Wave Model.
 

FEATURES

• 1/4 degree resolution

• Includes nowcast to 16-day forecast

• Sofar Wave Model using data from WaveWatch III, ECMWF and GFS.

• Request per geographic point

Available Data
Wind
Waves
Currents
SST
Barometer
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