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.
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