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Towards an operational system for oil-spill forecast over Spanish waters: initial developments and implementation test


Sotillo, MG and Alvarez Fanjul, E and Castanedo, S and Abascal, AJ and Menendez, J and Emelianov, M and Olivella, R and Garcia-Ladona, E and Ruiz-Villarreal, M and Conde, J and Gomez, M and Conde, P and Gutierrez, AD and Medina, R, Towards an operational system for oil-spill forecast over Spanish waters: initial developments and implementation test, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56, (4) pp. 686-703. ISSN 0025-326X (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.12.021


The ESEOO Project, launched after the Prestige crisis, has boosted operational oceanography capacities in Spain, creating new operational oceanographic services and increasing synergies between these new operational tools and already existing systems. In consequence, the present preparedness to face an oil-spill crisis is enhanced, significantly improving the operational response regarding ocean, meteorological and oil-spill monitoring and forecasting. A key aspect of this progress has been the agreement between the scientific community and the Spanish Search and Rescue Institution (SASEMAR), significantly favoured within the ESEOO framework. Important achievements of this collaboration are: (1) the design of protocols that at the crisis time provide operational state-of-the-art information, derived from both forecasting and observing systems; (2) the establishment, in case of oil-spill crisis, of a new specialized unit, named USyP, to monitor and forecast the marine oceanographic situation, providing the required met-ocean and oil-spill information for the crisis managers. The oil-spill crisis scenario simulated during the international search and rescue Exercise "Gijón-2006", organized by SASEMAR, represented an excellent opportunity to test the capabilities and the effectiveness of this USyP unit, as well as the protocols established to analyze and transfer information. The results presented in this work illustrate the effectiveness of the operational approach, and constitute an encouraging and improved base to face oil-spill crisis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oil-spill, operational oceanography, real-time, forecast, Spanish waters
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Conde, P (Dr Paula Conde Pardo)
ID Code:103068
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2015-09-17
Last Modified:2015-10-08

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