Though not immediately perceived the ocean is highly structured and fronts are one of the most important components of its structural complexity.
Marine fronts have been known since the early 20th Century, however, the more recent availability of high resolution satellite imagery, field measurements and numerical simulations have greatly advanced our understanding of their ecological impact.
This work touches on topics such as front types, its biology and its comparisons with other bounderies at sea, as well as comparisons of fronts with terrestrial boundaries and the ‘ecotone’ concept. Furthermore, it also looks at the management and conservation of marine life.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction.- 2. Frontal types.- 3. Biology of fronts.- 4. Management and conservation of marine life.- 5. Comparisons of fronts with other boundaries at sea.- 6. Comparisons of fronts with terrestrial boundaries and the ‘ecotone’ concept.- 7. Final remarks.- 8. Conclusions.