Locations of the various fronts in the Southern Ocean
Entry ID: southern_ocean_fronts

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Abstract: This information is gathered from the paper by Alejandro H. Orsi, Thomas Whitworth III, and Worth D. Nowlin Jr (1995) (see below for full reference).

This is a line dataset stored in the Geographical Information System (GIS). The fronts were derived as part of the analysis done in the lead up to the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE).

Hydrographic observations were used in this study of ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -30.0   S: -71.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Orsi, A.and Harris, U.
Dataset Title: Locations of the various fronts in the Southern Ocean
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2001-07-18
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/metadata_redirect.cfm?md=/AMD...
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1994-11-10
ISO Topic Category
Quality This dataset includes the following features of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, a critical component of the global ocean circulation:

Subtropical Front (STF);
Subantarctic Front (SAF);
Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front (sACCf);
Polar Front (PF);
Southern Boundary of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

The data resulted from analysis of historical hydrographic data of the Southern Ocean available up to 1990. This work was part of the lead up to the ongoing World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE). The estimated position of the fronts and boundary are likely to change to some extent as more WOCE data are analysed.
Access Constraints These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Two versions of the dataset are available for download:
1) an excel spreadsheet of the data.
2) ArcView shapefiles - GIS version of the data.

Furthermore, the coordinates (traces) for these frontal distributions are available at the investigators official web site under the DATABASE link.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=southern... when using these data.

Abbreviations used for the fronts should be those given in the Quality field.
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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 95 kb
Distribution Format: Excel
Fees: free

Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 26 kb
Distribution Format: shapefile
Fees: free
Phone: +1 979 845 4014
Fax: +1 979 847 8879
Email: aorsi at tamu.edu
Contact Address:
Texas A and M University
Oceanography Department
College Station,
Province or State: Texas
Country: USA
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Alejandro H. Orsi, Thomas Whitworth III, and Worth D. Nowlin Jr (1995), On the meridional extent and fronts of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current., Deep-Sea Research, 42, 5, 641-673
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-07-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-08-20
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