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Usefulness of High Resolution Coastal Models for Operational Oil Spill Forecast: the Full City Accident : Volume 8, Issue 3 (22/06/2011)

By Broström, G.

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Title: Usefulness of High Resolution Coastal Models for Operational Oil Spill Forecast: the Full City Accident : Volume 8, Issue 3 (22/06/2011)  
Author: Broström, G.
Volume: Vol. 8, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Hole, L. R., Mattsson, J., Carrasco, A., Dick, S., Berger, S., Broström, G., & Janssen, F. (2011). Usefulness of High Resolution Coastal Models for Operational Oil Spill Forecast: the Full City Accident : Volume 8, Issue 3 (22/06/2011). Retrieved from

Description: Norwegian Meteorological Institute (, Norway. Oil spill modeling is considered to be an important decision support system (DeSS) useful for remedial action in case of accidents, as well as for designing the environmental monitoring system that is frequently set up after major accidents. Many accidents take place in coastal areas implying that low resolution basin scale ocean models is of limited use for predicting the trajectories of an oil spill. In this study, we target the oil spill in connection with the Full City accident on the Norwegian south coast and compare three different oil spill models for the area. The result of the analysis is that all models do a satisfactory job. The standard operational model for the area is shown to have severe flaws but including an analysis based on a higher resolution model (1.5 km resolution) for the area the model system show results that compare well with observations. The study also shows that an ensemble using three different models is useful when predicting/analyzing oil spill in coastal areas.

Usefulness of high resolution coastal models for operational oil spill forecast: the Full City accident

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