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A system to evaluate the oil spills propagation in the coastal environmental of the Black Sea

Domenii publicaţii > Stiinte ingineresti + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Rusu, L

Editorial: Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, Volume: 18, Issue: 4, p.288-295, 2010.


The last decades continuously increasing of the economical activities in the coastal environment of the Black Sea is obviously leading to the enhancement of the pollution risks due to accidental oil spillages. Starting from the fact that most accidents were generated by an inadequate forecast of the wave conditions, the aim of the present work is to develop a methodology based on spectral phase-averaging wave models able to predict the wave propagation in the coastal environment. The wave induced currents that may be a key factor in driving the pollution are also assessed. This implies both the Stokes drift and the wave induced nearshore currents. The surface streaming effect due to the molecular viscosity was also accounted for. In the nearshore, close to the surf zone, the pollution is usually spread along the coast due to the longshore currents. In this connection, the results of a simple but effective model system called ISSM are also presented. As an alternative simulations with the SHORECIRC model system are also performed. Finally, as a case study, the propagation of the pollution towards the Romanian coast generated by a hypothetic accident at the Gloria drilling platform was assessed.

Cuvinte cheie: environmental alert, oil spill, waves, wave induced currents, numerical models, Black Sea