In oceanography, a front is a boundary between two distinct water masses. The water masses are defined by moving in different directions, i.e. on one side of the front the water is generally moving in one way, and on the other side of the front, the water is moving in another. Depending on the directions of the water masses, a front may be defined as convergent or divergent. The water masses on either side of a front may also have different temperatures, salinities, or densities, along with differences in other oceanographic markers.

Ocean front 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', '', 'license', '', 'license']
Update frequency Never
Language English
Landing Page,47.575,-3.690,56.772&WIDTH=1000&HEIGHT=1000&STYLES=default
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-11.71282, 48.5756],[-11.71282, 55.77222], [-4.6909998, 55.77222], [-4.6909998, 48.5756], [-11.71282, 48.5756]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) WGS 84 (EPSG:4326)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "-200", "verticalDomainName": "sea level", "minVerticalExtent": "-2000"}
Provenance information IOSEA reference from Fourth Strategic Environmental Assessment for Oil and Gas Activity in Irelands Offshore Waters: IOSEA4 Irish and Celtic Seas - Environmental Report (2011) contains data on the Ocean Front originally sourced in consultation with Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences NUI Galway.
Period of time covered (begin) 2012-01-01
Period of time covered (end) 2012-12-31