This data set describes the location of virtual floats representing turtle hatchlings throughout 60 modeled years. Floats were constrained to remain within depths of 0-6 m due to the positive buoyancy of hatchlings. Floats were first assigned to one of 20,000 random release locations within a large release area 125-400 km offshore from nesting beaches throughout the Republic/Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea spanning latitudes of c. 6°S to 3.5°N. For each month over the 4-month long hatching season (January-April), each of the 20,000 floats was assigned a random release day and drift simulations ran every year during the period 1960-2007 resulting in drift trajectories of approx. 4 million virtual floats. See Scott et al., 2017, Spatio-temporal variation in ocean current-driven hatchling dispersion: Implications for the world's largest leatherback sea turtle nesting region. Diversity Distrib, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fddi.12554 for details as to the model parameters.
Each data set consists of data on the float ID (number 1,2,3 etc..) and its trajectory attributes (latitude/longitude) at each time step. Data are also provided on the temperature, salinity and density of the float at its respective position/time step.
Data sets are sorted by float release date, and contain one data file for each year. Each data file has 11 columns, which contain the following data: float id, longitude, latitude, depth, time step, temperature, salinity, density, no time steps since start, distance to start point, bearing from start point
text/tab-separated-values, 60 data points