End Users applications


The environmental issues in the Mediterranean are connected to marine pollution, the eutrophication and other algae-growth related phenomena. On the other hand the commercial activities in the Mediterranean are increasing, the most important being the growth in oil transfer, exploration and production, pelagic fisheries, shipping, yachting and particularly coastal tourism. In order to give a basis for any user derived application that tries to manage either the exploitation or the protection of the marine environment, it is necessary to offer an efficient and quality controlled estimate of marine state variables. The recommended procedure for responding to marine pollution incidents, that will assist the local and regional decision makers to take the appropriate actions, includes the application of operational models in order to provide predictions of the behaviour and movement of the harmful substances. Pre-requirement for such operational response serves the predictions of the sea water characteristics. Thus the user community interested in ocean forecasting is connected to the exploitation of resources and the protection of the marine environment. The usage of MEDSLIK oil spill, trajectory and pollutant model, employing the MFS-OPA and CYCOFOS forecasting products, has been proven to be a usefull tool in assisting the end users and the decision makers in the Mediterranean. The CYCOFOS provides the forecasting data that serve as input data for running operationally the MEDSLIK oil spill, trajectory and pollutant model in the Levantine Basin.

MEDSLIK oil spill, trajectory and pollutant model


MEDSLIK description, configuration, forcing

MEDSLIK is a 3D oil spill model designed to predict the transport, fate and weathering of an oil spill and has been coupled operationally to the MFS-OPA, CYCOFOS, ADRICOSM, ROSARIO operational ocean forecasting systems, as well witht the SKIRON weather forecasting system, for the Levantine, Adriatic, Central Mediterranean and the entire Mediterranean.The MEDSLIK oil spill model in pre-operational mode was first developed in 1997 (Lardner et al. 1998) to assist the objectives of the EU LIFE project "Subregional contingency Plan for Preparedness and response to Major Pollution Incidents in the Eastern Mediterranean-Levantine". The MEDSLIK algorithms are based on an earlier version of the OILPOL model (Al Rabeh et al. 1995) that used for oil predictions during the Gulf War in 1991. Within the frame of several EU research projects MEDSLIK has improved substantially. MEDSLIK trajectory model can predict the movement of a floating object. MEDSLIK pollutant model can predict the dispersion of conservative and non conservative effluents.