After almost three years of tests and experiments, TOSCA has now gained currency as a tool capable of enhancing oil slick tracking models, enabling more accurate tracking of drift pathways following maritime accidents. Current results are however based on limited periods of observation. In order for the authorities to obtain US-style real-time data on coastal surface currents and more accurate oil spill drift forecasts, HF radars would have to be deployed more extensively along the Mediterranean coastline and be monitored continuously.
The TOSCA team will soon present to the authorities a web interface tool to aid decision-making. It will display the ocean currents and the pathways of floating objects tracked during experiments. Still based on data gathered during in-situ test periods, this tool would however deliver real-time information to the relevant authorities, if the use of radars and drifters were to be extended.
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