The monitoring and predicting components developed by the project has been combined into a practical tool so as to track specific objects or oil spills and get early responses for mitigation.
Just connect and run
CDRIFT-TOSCAv1 is a web-based interface aimed at tracking the trajectories of oil spills or search-and-rescue operations on the ocean surface. The main difference between this tool and the existing ones is that end users need no software installing or previous knowledge of ocean dynamics to perform simulations
The CDRIFT package relies on two main elements.
The tool currently provides forecasting of a spill for the following 72 hours. The period can be changed and depends on the tool’s ocean model. The beta version is fed by the IMEDEA-Balop ROMS model that covers the West Mediterranean sea and provides ocean currents data for the next 72 hours.
Easy to use
All the end-user needs is a computer, internet access and a web browser to perform a simulation. This is a true improvement in real-world emergencies when experts are not immediately available. The end user only provides a location over a map (latitude and longitude) along with time of the spill and, when possible, the initial range ; then the interface retrieves from the ocean and atmosphere models the relevant data so as to perform simulations. Finally the plotting of possible trajectories is displayed.
An added value for local authorities
The beta version is operational. It provides simulations based on the existing operational models. If the model proves efficient then the forecast will as well. In this beta version we have thoroughly tested the tool. Further improvements are continuously on their way.
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