ROMS, DELFT3D, MOHID, CORMIX and global reanalysis databases obtained from external models with
assimilation: CFSR, ECCO, SODA, HYCOM, NEMO, etc.

The development and implementation of numeric models (modelling of ocean-meteorological processes and parameters) enables our researchers to:

  • Reproduce the sea’s behaviour (waves, tides, currents, etc.).
  • Study the impact of different human activities on the environment (discharge dispersion, desalination plants, aquaculture facilities, WWTP underwater pipelines, etc.).
  • Simulate the global movement of water bodies (global circulation) within climate change-related studies.
  • Simulate other natural processes, such as cold water currents (extremely important for fishery success) or jellyfish arrival to the coast (to warn users of bathing areas of the risk of bites).

Event simulation may be:

  • Of past events, for better knowing them (e.g. to identify the factors causing strong waves).
  • Of average and extreme conditions, in order to study a discharge pipeline design or to understand the most common discharge spread and dilution in the marine environment (used for environmental impact studies of infrastructures dumping into the marine environment).
  • With a view to the future, 72 hour forecasts of the arrival of oil spills , jellyfish or floating objects of any kind to the coast

Furthermore, modelling is the basis for all sorts of marine environmental studies.

We model past, average or 72-hours before ocean-meteorological processes and parameters.

Applicable sectors

  • Public administrations and official bodies.
  • Private developers of marine environmental activities (ports, aquaculture firms, urban sewerage managers, desalination companies, etc.).
  • Engineering consultancies.

Advantages

  • Planning, design and selection of locations for different human activities related to the marine environment (aquaculture facilities, underwater pipelines, ports, marine energy collectors, etc.).
  • Environmental impact studies (study of pollutant dispersion in the marine environment).
  • Development alerting and warning systems of the arrival of objects, substances or animals to the coast.
  • Climate change-related studies: global movement of water bodies.

We have developed the system to predict jellyfish arrival to the Basque coast, among others.


Implementation

  • Research and oceanographic campaigns (to measure parameters to calibrate/validate simulation models).
  • Delivery formats and means (written report, e-mail alert with enclosed report, forecast display through web geovisor and images on FTP server).
  • Between 2 months and several years.

Experience

  • Over 10 years experience and knowledge of the marine environment.
  • Specific technologies available:
    • Own simulation models adaptable to the client.
    • Other simulation models, such as ROMS, MOHID, Delft3D, CORMIX.
    • Oceanographic and meteorological data collection equipment.
    • Geographic data server.
    • Web Geovisors.
    • Workstations with diverse CPUs.

Proven track record

  • System to predict jellyfish arrival to the Basque coast for the Basque Government.
  • General ocean-meteorological guidance to the Basque Government’s Directorate for Emergency Response and Meteorology.
  • Guidance to the Basque Government to deal with the Prestige crisis.
  • Operational current model in the Port of Bilbao for the Ministry of Education and Science.