Ocean Predictions and Applications

The OPA Division deals with the development of models and methods for interdisciplinary research on marine operational forecasting, on the interactions between coastal areas and the open ocean, on the development of services and applications for all maritime economy sectors, including transport, security and management of coastal areas and marine resources, in the context of climate change adaptation problems.

OPA Division, in coordination with ODA Division, coordinates the European Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS, http://marine.copernicus.eu/) Monitoring Forecasting Center for the Mediterranean Sea (http://marine.copernicus.eu/about-us/about-producers/med-mfc/) and develops and maintains the physical modelling part of the CMEMS Monitoring Forecasting Center for the Black Sea (http://marine.copernicus.eu/about-us/about-producers/bs-mfc/).

To learn more, please visit the Ocean-Lab website.

OPA Projects

  • GUTTA - savinG fUel and emissions from mariTime Transport in the Adriatic region

    GUTTA project will address the disparities in accessibility between the shores of the Adriatic Sea by supporting the ferryboat...

    Cities & Coasts, Energy, Jobs & Growth, Oceans.


  • MARINE-EO PCP - Marine EO Pre-Commercial Procurement

    The aim of Marine-EO procurement is to develop, test and validate a bundle of innovative EO downstream services bringing incremental or radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness...

    Cities & Coasts, Future Earth, Oceans.


  • Forecasting Systems

    OPA Publications

    Successful blue economy examples with an emphasis on international perspectives

    Wenhai L., Cusack C., Baker M., Tao W., Mingbao C., Paige K., Xiaofan Z., Levin L., Escobar E., Amon D., Yue Y., Reitz A., Neves A. A. S., O’Rourke E. , Mannarini G., Pearlman J., Tinker J., Horsburgh K. J. , Lehodey P., Pouliquen S., Dale T., Peng Z., Yufeng Y.
    2019, Frontiers in Marine Science, volume 6, article 261, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00261, web page


    Low Carbon Intensity Routes via Ocean Currents and Waves

    Mannarini G., Pinardi N., Coppini G.
    2018, A. Marinò and V. Bucci (Eds.), "Technology and Science for the Ships of the Future" - IOS Press, pp. 340-347, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-870-9-340, web page


    Cost-Effective Technologies to Study the Arctic Ocean Environment

    Piermattei V., Madonia A., Bonamano S., Martellucci R., Bruzzone G. , Ferretti R., Odetti A., Azzaro M., Zappalà G., Marcelli M.
    2018, Sensors, 2018, 18(7), 2257, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072257, web page


    Circulation during Storms and Dynamics of Suspended Matter in a Sheltered Coastal Area

    Paladini de Mendoza F., Bonamano S., Martellucci R., Melchiorri C., Consalvi N., Piermattei V, Marcelli M.
    2018, Remote Sensing, 10, 602, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10040602, web page

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