A New Visualization Tool for Tides and Currents

Sunday, 29 January 2012
Embed is a very interesting tide and current visualization program that you should check out. It’s built by the guys from Nomad Electronics who made Pocket Stars astronomy software.

Deep Zoom is a very cool mash-up using Bing Maps and the NOAA nautical charts. By tapping into the NOAA database of tide and current tables, you can see right away what’s going on in your area. The author of the program has made it very clear that it’s strictly a reference tool and not for navigation so don’t use it when pulling into the harbour with your ocean liner.

If you are wondering what the giant arrow is in the middle of the capture, it’s for Deception Pass in Washington State which was maxing out at 7 knots (14km/h).

(Turn the sound down and jump ahead to the 5 min mark. It gets a lot more interesting there.)

The site does require Silverlight to be installed on your computer so it might not work on all work computers (especially if you have a very conservative IT department like my work...).

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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