Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 8, 443–454, 2012

Special issue: The MyOcean project: scientific advances for operational ocean...

Ocean Sci., 8, 443–454, 2012

Research article 10 Jul 2012

Research article | 10 Jul 2012

Support to oil spill emergencies in the Bonifacio Strait, western Mediterranean

A. Cucco1, A. Ribotti1, A. Olita1, L. Fazioli1, B. Sorgente1, M. Sinerchia1, A. Satta1, A. Perilli1, M. Borghini2, K. Schroeder2,*, and R. Sorgente1 A. Cucco et al.
  • 1CNR IAMC U.O.S. Oristano, Oristano, Italy
  • 2CNR ISMAR U.O.S. La Spezia, La Spezia, Italy
  • *now at: CNR ISMAR U.O.S. Venezia, Italy

Abstract. An innovative forecasting system of the coastal marine circulation has been implemented in the Bonifacio Strait area, between Corsica and Sardinia, using a numerical approach to facilitate the rapid planning and coordination of remedial actions for oil spill emergencies at sea by local authorities. Downscaling and nesting techniques from regional to coastal scale and a 3-D hydrodynamic numerical model, coupled with a wind wave model, are the core of the integrated Bonifacio Strait system. Such a system is capable of predicting operationally the dispersion of hydrocarbon spills in the area, both in forward and backward mode, through an easy-to-use graphical user interface. A set of applications are described and discussed including both operational applications aimed at providing rapid responses to local oil spill emergences and managing applications aimed at mitigating the risk of oil spill impacts on the coast.