GLIDERSCOPE description

GLIDERSCOPE is an IMOS Ocean glider Facility Windows platform software package designed to allow users quick and easy visualisation of Ocean glider oceanographic data, via a convenient graphical user interface. In accordance to IMOS data file convention, Ocean glider data formats are based on NetCDF (Network Common Data Form). All of the scientific data are stored with appropriate quality control flags indicating the usability/validity of each data-entry. Although highly informational, NetCDF files can be quite daunting for those who are unfamiliar with the format, or lack the computing set-up to access the data.

By using the freely available GLIDERSCOPE software, all users will be able to read the NetCDF files, filter out the bad data and apply a variety of useful data graphical visualisation techniques to examine the data, e.g. using three/four-dimensional plots of water properties, interpolated contour charts, vertical profile plots, water properties comparison charts, etc. Users can easily choose and extract segments of data. Additionally, users can also export their data to text or NetCDF files for easy access in other applications.

Whether you use a Windows or a Macintosh computer, Gliderscope is available for use. It can either be installed as standalone software, or as an App for use in Matlab, if you already have Matlab installed.

Check the Gliderscope Users Manual for detailed instructions on the installation and use of GLIDERSCOPE software. 



Installation packages

* GLIDERSCOPE V7 is now available *

New features include:

- Version 7 now calculates Light Attenuation Coefficients (Kd) and calculates the 1% photic depth level. Users can compare Kd of different frequencies of light as well as compare these with depth averaged CDOM, chlorophyll and backscatter coefficients.

- Nitrates can now be visualised  (e.g. selected StormBay missions).

- Drop a 'virtual Niskin bottle' to instantly find out what the water properties are like anywhere in your cross-section.

- Isolate a layer of water in your plot using your mouse! Instantly examine the TS-diagram of this layer or display the layer in various ways.

- Zoom into the plots and tweak the colour scale automatically or using handy sliders.

- Improved data export now allows depth averaged water velocities to be saved in netCDF files, and all scientific data types to be saved at once with the push of a button.

- Time axes in plots are more dynamic, conveniently changing units from months to days to hours. You can also switch easily to view local times to get a feel for whether daylight drives certain ocean processes.

- Gliderscope V7 Matlab APP is now backward compatible. No need to download different versions for different installations of Matlab.



For Windows: (601 Mb) - standalone software

GliderscopeV7.mlappinstall (2.2 Mb) - MatLab App for machines with Matlab already installed


For Mac: (513 Mb) standalone software

GliderscopeV7.mlappinstall (2.3 Mb) - MatLab App for machines with Matlab already installed


Users Manual:

Users_Manual_GLIDERSCOPEv7.pdf (3 Mb)


Old version

Gliderscope V6

Matlab APP

Gliderscope.mlappinstall  (V6.3)  (2.2 MB) : for use with Matlab 2014b onwards

Gliderscope_pre_2014b.mlappinstall (V6.3) (2.1 MB) : for use with Matlab 2014a and previous versions

Standalone Software Packages

Windows 64-bits platforms:

GliderscopeV6_3_Win.exe  (555.1 MB)

Mac platforms:   (513.1 MB)

User's Manual

Users Manual GLIDERSCOPEv6.pdf  (2.2 MB)

Sample data

SAMPLE DATA NetCDF file (31.2 MB)


Instruction Videos




Additional Information/Tutorial Files

Hanson, C., L.M. Woo, P.G. Thomson and C.B. Pattiaratchi (2016) Observing the ocean with gliders: Techniques for data visualization and analysis. Oceanography 30(2),

GLIDERSCOPE Tutorial Files (6 MB) for use with tutorial paper 'Observing the oceans with gliders: techniques for data visualisation and analysis'

Woo, M. and C. Pattiaratchi (2010) How the Capes current ends: an investigation of a west Australian coastal current using an autonomous ocean glider, Proceedings of the 15th Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas (PECS) conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14-17 September 2010.


If you have any queries about GLIDERSCOPE (installation, files downloading, etc.), or feedback please do not hesitate to contact anfog-ecm(at)