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Modelling the impact of the Napoli - ME1307


(Key Customer) Purpose - Why is the R&D needed?

In order to support the monitoring and response to the possible further loss of oil, containers or other marine pollution from the MSC Napoli beached off Branscombe, and to provide scientific validation of the estimated area affected by the initial spill.

Summary Objectives

A high resolution coastal ocean (tidal) model will be set up by the Met Office Ocean Forecasting R&D Branch, driven by gridded winds from the Met Office weather prediction model.

A tracer dispersion module will be applied to model the in-water-column dispersion of marine pollution such as could arise from a damaged container. A scenario will be run to simulate the passage of a storm, with westerly and northerly winds, to assess the likely meteorological situation giving rise to dispersion of containers offshore.

Results from the model will be assessed and a short report prepared. A summary of the findings will be presented as an annex to the IACMST GOOS Action Group “modeling and monitoring

Project Documents
• Final Report : Final Report   (2274k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2007

Cost: £12,672
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Meteorological Office, United Kingdom
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Marine Impacts              
Oil Dispersal              
Water quality monitoring              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine