An ocean current is a continuous, directed movement of seawater generated by forces acting upon this mean flow, such as breaking waves, wind, the Coriolis effect, cabbeling, and temperature and salinity differences, while tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon. Depth contours, shoreline configurations, and interactions with other currents influence a currents direction and strength.

Ocean currents flow for great distances, and together, create the global conveyor belt which plays a dominant role in determining the climate of many of the Earths regions. More specifically, ocean currents influence the temperature of the regions through which they travel.

Irish Slope current data was provided by Petroleum Affairs Division and data was created as part of the Irish Offshore Strategic Environmental Assessment (IOSEA).

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Theme Environment
Date dataset released 2013-11-30
Date dataset updated 2016-11-11
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['Creative Commons Licence conditions apply', 'https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'license', 'https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'license']
Update frequency Other
Language English
Landing Page http://atlas.marine.ie/arcgis/services/OceanFeatures/MapServer/WMSServer?REQUEST=GetMap&SERVICE=WMS&LAYERS=31&VERSION=1.3.0&FORMAT=image/png&CRS=CRS:84&BBOX=-13.287,46.540,-6.861,56.529&WIDTH=1000&HEIGHT=1000&STYLES=default
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-12.2871, 47.540859012],[-12.2871, 55.52908], [-6.86187, 55.52908], [-6.86187, 47.540859012], [-12.2871, 47.540859012]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) WGS 84 (EPSG:4326)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "-200", "verticalDomainName": "sea level", "minVerticalExtent": "-2000"}
Provenance information Data is referenced in the 2006 paper on The Irish coastal current: A seasonal jet-like circulation (Fernard, L. et al http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278434306001646
Period of time covered (begin) 2012-01-01
Period of time covered (end) 2012-12-31