SIRC – Provision of real-time oil spill simulations

This project will support satellite surveillance analysis services for the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones of the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia 

12 months from 06/02/2023 to 05/02/2024
Funded by
  • OrbitalEOS

Coordinating organization
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
CMCC Institutes

CMCC Divisions

General aims

The project aims to deliver numerical oil spill simulations that will accurately predict the trajectory and outcome of oil slicks detected through satellite monitoring conducted by Orbital EOS. The simulations will be automatically performed for each spill detection and promptly provided to the client.

CMCC role

The following products will be delivered by CMCC for every simulation requested:

  • Hourly maps of surface oil concentrations in WMS format
  • Hourly maps of beached oil concentrations in WMS format
  • Oil mass balance evolution throughout the simulated period
  • Oil spill forecast bulletin reporting simulation results 

Oil spill simulations are performed with the MEDSLIK-II oil spill model, which is integrated into the OKEANOS system developed in partnership with Orbital EOS. For every spill detection, one corresponding oil spill simulation will be performed in automatic manner and delivered to the client.

Expected results
To generate accurate simulations, the oil spill model will be driven by ocean fields at an approximate resolution of 7/8km, obtained from the CMCC Global Ocean Forecasting System (GOFS/CMEMS Global Ocean Forecasting System), and wind fields with an approximate resolution of 11/25km, acquired from the ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) and NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction) systems. The service is operational around the clock and CMCC can provide on-demand support during emergencies, including the generation of alternative modelling scenarios and expert assistance.

Orbital EOS

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