This question is from a user who wants to calculate the predicted path of a bottle dropped from a ship. He has a spreadsheet of hundreds of these bottles and wishes to display the predicted vs actual landing points of the bottles.
Is there a publicly-accessible model which will show the predicted path of an object, anywhere in the earth's oceans?
For example, NOAA published a series of maps during the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis, showing the predicted path of the oil spill.
I'm presuming that this is a fairly specialised branch of GI-science and the answer will be that such a model depends highly on local variations, the date, wind and other weather conditions, etc.
As a next-best option, is information on the general patterns of the ocean currents publicly accessible in a GIS-ready format? It may be possible to create a geoprocessing model from this?