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Authors: Coppini, G.*
De Dominicis, M.*
Zodiatis, G.*
Robin, L.*
Pinardi, N.*
Santoleri, R.*
Colella, S.*
Bignami, F.*
Hayes, D. R.*
Soloviev, D.*
Georgiou, G.*
Kallos, G.*
Title: Hindcast of oil-spill pollution during the Lebanon crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, July–August 2006
Title of journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2010
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.08.021
Keywords: Lebanese oil-pollution event
Oil-spill modeling
Operational oceanography
Remote sensing
Levantine Basin
Abstract: MOON (Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network 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.
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