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 Publications

Towards Least-CO2 Ferry Routes in the Adriatic Sea

Mannarini G., Carelli L., Orović J., Martinkus C.P., Coppini G.
2021, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9 (2), DOI: 10.3390/jmse9020115, web page


Preliminary investigation of microlitter pollution in low-energy hydrodynamic basins using Sabella spallanzanii (Polychaeta: Sabellidae) tubes

Piazzolla D., Cafaro V., Mancini E., Scanu S., Bonomano S., Marcelli M.
2020, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 104(3), 345-350


Microbial Abundance and Enzyme Activity Patterns: Response to Changing Environmental Characteristics along a Transect in Kongsfjorden (Svalbard Islands)

Caruso, G., Madonia, A., Bonamano, S., Miserocchi, S., Giglio, F., Maimone, G., Azzaro, F., Decembrini, F., La Feria, R., Piermattei V., Piazzolla D., Marcelli M., Azzaro, M.
2020, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8(10), 824


Copernicus marine service ocean state report, issue 4 – Chapter 2.6 Ocean heat content in the Black Sea

Nascimento Lima L., Peneva E., Ciliberti S., Masina S., Lemieux B., Storto A. and Chtirkova B.
2020, Journal of Operational Oceanography, vol. 13, Issue sup. 1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1755876X.2020.1785097, web page

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