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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month – October 2013

Oceanography Center of Cyprus
MyOcean Continuation of MERSEA*

(* Marine Environment and Security for the European Area)

Description:

AIM:
1. Demonstrate benefits of MyOcean forecasting and downscaling products for oil spill fate forecasting through multi-model and multi-forcing comparisons and through validation against oil-emulating surface drifter data.
2. Collect autonomous underwater glider data operationally year round.

MOTIVATION: The Mediterranean Sea is heavily trafficked and both illicit and accidental spills are a problem. The sea currents in the Mediterranean are a challenge to forecast, due to high variability and small tides. Thanks to the MyOcean program (continuation of MERSEA), daily regional and downscaled flow forecasts are provided useful information to a number of downstream applications for support of marine safety, particularly in oil spills and floating objects predictions. Within the frame of the ongoing implementation of the Mediterranean decision support system for marine safety (www.medess4ms.eu), several well established oil spill models with differing concepts, together with all available MyOcean downscaled ocean forcing data sets, facilitate a small ensemble of forecasts. This drifter experiment provides a valuable opportunity for validating the various oil spill models and forcing configurations. OC-UCY has well established ties to key users at regional and local scales regarding the marine safety. Glider experiments support OC-UCY ocean forecasting (and so also oil spill modeling) of OC-UCY using data assimilation.

SUMMARY: Deploy surface drifters to emulate a surface oil spill in the Eastern Mediterranean Levantine Basin. Perform oil spill simulations to forecast the fate of the oil spill, following warnings from the response agencies as well the EMSA CNS satellite images detecting possible oil spills. Each MEDESS4MS oil spill modeling provider will supply oil spill forecast data and/or graphical results to the NDR for use by the UI. The forecast results will be analyzed also against the observed drifter tracks. Deploy gliders equipped with Argos transmitters (for emergency location) in order to improve forecast skill. Results of model analysis can be used in oil spill predictions and compared to results when glider data are not assimilated.

PARTICIPANTS:
- OC-UCY: Lead agency; gliders and drifter deployment; liaison with users; forecast service provider; report coordination of drifter data; oil drift forecasts from MEDSLIK, based on MYOCEAN regional (MFS) and nested CYCOFOS; SKIRON wind data.

USER INVOLVMENT:
- Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC): Provide information about the type of oil transported in the Eastern Mediterranean
- Cyprus Departments of Fisheries and Commercial Shipping: Provide information about the type of oil transported in Cyprus EZZ and sensitive coastal areas from up-loading operations and from offshore platforms related to the maritime transport and the oil and gas industry in the Levantine Basin.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.oceanography.ucy.ac.cy/cycofos/bulletin.html
http://www.oceanography.ucy.ac.cy/cycofos/glider.html

 

 

Inter-comparison of MEDSLIK multiple floating objects trajectory bredictions using SVP type drifter in the Eastern Mediterranean Levantine Basin

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OC-UCY Glider with Argos Transmitter

 

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