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A system and method for estimating ocean surface height and currents at points within a geographic grid. The method includes receiving a user selected location, receiving bathymetric data from a global database, determining whether the user selected location corresponds to a land location or a water covered location by referring to the bathymetric data. If the user selected location is a water-covered location, current and ocean height deviation are estimated for the user selected location. If the user selected location is a land location, current and ocean height deviation for the closest grid point that is water covered are estimated. In exemplary embodiments, the system is rapidly relocatable, has worldwide coverage, and can run on a PC.