Operational systems: Response

1) Development of a set of high resolution operational oceanographic systems.

  • Downscaling of national/regional operational systems to obtain the initial and boundary conditions (levels, currents, T, S) for the hydrodynamic model at the local scale
  • Gathering of high resolution bathymetric datasets.
  •  Analysis of available operational fresh water inflow data.
  • Calibration of the hydrodynamic model.
  •  Setup of the local operational modelling system running coupled with the national/regional operational systems.
  •  Monitoring network


2) Development of a set of high resolution operational oil spill trajectories forecast systems.

  •  Include the physicochemical behavior of oil slicks at short scale in the oil spill models.
  •  Carry out experimental test to calibrate the numerical model.
  •  Calibrate and validate the oil spill model.
  •  Develop a user friendly application.


Prevention/Planning tools

1) Development of a risk assessment system.

  • Gather/generate meteorological and oceanographic databases statistically representative of the study area.
  • Simulate a set of oil spill scenarios for each climatic season. To do this an oil spill transport model and the databases gathered/generated (action nº1) will be used. The statistical analysis of the results will provide the basis of the system.
  • Carry out an oil spill vulnerability assessment of the study area.
  • Implement the risk assessment system in a GIS.

2) Development of local oil spill response plans for several estuaries.

  • Elaborate a ranking of sensitive resources (based on the risk results obtained in Activity 5)
  • Analyze the physical and environmental conditions of the study area that can affect the feasibility of the mechanical protection methods.
  • Establish the local protection strategies (booms, beach berms, geotextiles, etc)
  • Establish a set of strategies for long-term restoration of coastal margins affected by oil spills