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|Authors: ||Coppini, G.*|
De Dominicis, M.*
Hayes, D. R.*
|Title: ||Hindcast of oil-spill pollution during the Lebanon crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, July–August 2006|
|Title of journal: ||Marine Pollution Bulletin|
|Issue Date: ||28-Sep-2010|
|Keywords: ||Lebanese oil-pollution event|
|Abstract: ||MOON (Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network http://www.moon-oceanforecasting.eu) pro- vides near-real-time information on oil-spill detection (ocean color and SAR) and predictions [ocean fore- casts (MFS and CYCOFOS) and oil-spill predictions (MEDSLIK)]. We employ this system to study the Lebanese oil-pollution crisis in summer 2006 and thus to assist regional and local decision makers in Europe, regionally and locally. The MEDSLIK oil-spill predictions obtained using CYCOFOS high-resolution ocean fields are compared with those obtained using lower-resolution MFS hydrodynamics, and both are validated against satellite observations. The predicted beached oil distributions along the Lebanese and Syrian coasts are compared with in situ observations.
The oil-spill predictions are able to simulate the northward movement of the oil spill, with the CYCO- FOS predictions being in better agreement with satellite observations. Among the free MEDSLIK param- eters tested in the sensitivity experiments, the drift factor appears to be the most relevant to improve the quality of the results.|
|Appears in Collections:||03.01.05. Operational oceanography|
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