The Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria (IH Cantabria, www.ihcantabria.com), within the framework of SPRES project, co-funded by the ERDF Atlantic Area Transnational Project, has developed a web-based application made up of two modules: (1) operational oceanography and oil spill system and (2) risk assessment system.
Operational module, HR-OOS
This High Resolution (46 m) Operational System in Santander Bay (HR-OOS) is composed of two components: (1) the HR operational oceanographic module, based on the Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport Modelling System (COAWST) and (2) the HR oil spill forecast module, based on the oil spill model, TESEO. The system receives daily ocean and meteorological forcings from European and Spanish organizations (MyOcean-IBI and AEMET) and provides two day forecasts of sea level, currents, salinity and temperature based on numerical modelling. This web application allows end users to easily access the forecast and to launch the oil spill model to estimate the oil spill trajectories and fate both in case of pollution threat and for training purposes.
Risk assessment module
Given a hypothetic or real oil spill in a given location, this tool allows end users to make risk valuations combining oil spill hazard maps and vulnerability maps. The use of this tool will improve the local preparedness against oil spills, helping in the establishment of local oil spill protection and clean up measures.
Access to the System: www.spres.ihcantabria.es