December 2016

After the success of last year first edition of the European Geosciences Union session on marine pollution, we are pleased to announce that we will convening again the session at the EGU Annual Meeting, in Vienna from 23-28 April 2017.

The session, OS4.7: Marine Pollution Assessment, Predictions and Risk Mapping deals with all types of marine pollution, from oil spills to radioactive material (see abstract below). Please consider submitting an abstract for our session. Let me know if you have any questions and find below the instructions for submission. Look forward to hopefully seeing you in Vienna in April!

== OS4.7: Marine Pollution Assessment, Predictions and Risk Mapping Convener: Giovanni Coppini Co-Conveners: George Zodiatis , Ramiro Neves , Erik van Sebille Oceanographic modelling is widely used to study the pathways and fate of marine pollutants such as oil spills, plastic litter, radionuclides and other contaminants. In this session, advanced models, operational applications and techniques related to polluting tracers on local, regional and global scales will be discussed, as well as the coupling with met-oceanographic transport fields from operational oceanography products such as Copernicus Marine Monitoring Environment Service. Parcel trajectory numerical schemes, ensemble and multi-model methods, uncertainties estimation, risk algorithms and decision support systems are solicited topics. Impacts of pollutants on the marine ecosystem and resilience to pollution events are also important subjects for discussion. Integration of modelling and observing systems both for data assimilation and validation are also very welcome.

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November 2013

Two papers on MEDSLIK-II available!

The MEDSLIK-II model description and validations have been published in two papers on the Geoscientific Model Development journal.

The first paper describes the MEDSLIK-II numerical model equations and the conceptual assumptions of a Lagrangian marine surface oil slick numerical model.

It is available for download at the following link: M. De Dominicis, N. Pinardi, G. Zodiatis, and R. Lardner (2013): MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine surface oil spill model for short-term forecasting - Part 1: Theory

In the second paper, MEDSLIK-II has been used to simulate oil slick transport and transformation processes for realistic oceanic cases, where satellite or drifting buoys data are available for verification.

It is available for download at the following link: M. De Dominicis, N. Pinardi, G. Zodiatis, and R. Archetti (2013): MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine surface oil spill model for short-term forecasting - Part 2: Numerical simulations and validations

February 2013

A plenary session on MEDSLIK-II will take place on 6th of February from 15:20 to 17:00 at the Castello Carlo V, Lecce, Italy, as a side event of the

2nd GODAE OceanView Coastal Oceans and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT) International Coordination Workshop (COSS-ICW2).

The first MEDSLIK-II Steering Committee annual meeting will be held on the 7th of February 14:00-18:00 at CMCC premises in Lecce, Italy.

October 2012

MEDSLIK-II will be launched as a community model, freely available to the users the 22nd of October 2012, at the INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) in Bologna (Italy). The MEDSLIK-II code will be freely available with the aim of attracting a critical mass of scientists to contribute to the development of the code and to use the model in very different conditions.

The MEDSLIK-II official release meeting will be the 22nd of October 2012 in Bologna (Italy). 

Please find the Agenda and some practical information to reach us (Hotel info and How to Reach us).


March 2012

MyOcean forecasting products in the Mediterranean Sea produced by MyOcean's member INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) have been coupled with the oil spill model MEDSLIK-II, for simulating the propagation of the oil into the sea. The oil spill forecasting system based on MyOcean products and MEDSLIK-II has been run by INGV who produced daily oil spill bulletin. MEDSLIK-II has been used to forecast the possible spill of the 2500 tons of oil from the Costa Concordia, assuming a continuous oil release. Every day, until the unloading operations had run out, a bulletin with the forecast scenario for the next 72 hours has been released to the competent authorities. Moreover the oil spill forecasting system was already installed at Italian Coast Guard premises' so that they produce themselves daily the oil spill bulletin.


February 2012

MEDSLIK-II will be one of the oil spill models used in the MEDESS-4MS project.
MEDESS-4MS project has started the 1st of February 2012 and will deliver an integrated operational multi model oil spill prediction service in the Mediterranean Sea.