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Pre-operational modelling in the seas of Europe

Objective



SUMMARY
Effective management of the coastal zone on a European scale requires oceanographic knowledge to be synthesised within pre-operational numerical models operated alongside an international observational network. PROMISE aims to expedite the implementation of operational oceanography and comprises European groups with wide experience in real-time modelling and monitoring. Applications are concentrated in the North Sea and on the Atlantic Coast of Spain where existing storm operational models for tide and waves are already developed and where skeleton monitoring networks already exist. The present focus is on tidal, storm and surface wave propagation (including interactions between these and associated turbulent motions) and on the transport of suspended sediment in the near-shore zone.
The project aims are:
(i) to assemble high resolution comprehensive data sets
for 4 European coastal sites with differing hydrodynamic and sedimentological characteristics
(ii) to use these data sets to test pre-operational models,
this testing to include all aspects from forecasting accuracy to real-time monitoring and data links
(iii) to improve these model systems by (a) expanding their physical realism, (b) improving quality and quantity of observational data and (c) by further development of real-time data assimilation techniques.
Scientifically and technically, this project focuses on coupling of different physical processes on different space-time scales, coupling of models with observational data and coupling of the expertise/existing models of the 10 Institutes involved. These Institutes operate a range of models embracing a diversity of physical processes and numerical techniques. Workshops and Modelling Exchanges will provide opportunities to compare model outputs against assembled data sets. These comparisons will be used to incorporate developments and to assemble a series of generic modules, each with well-established characteristics that can be readily incorporated into separate applications. In relation to the broader MAST objectives, this proposal aims to establish a working framework between European 'centres of excellence' to form the basis for future European-Scale 'pre-operational' modelling and monitoring programmes. Thus it seeks to lay the foundations for medium to long-term prediction of coastal zone processes and thereby to sustainable use of the coastal and shelf sea environments.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Bidston Observatory
L43 7RA Birkenhead
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

ENTE PUBLICO PUERTOS DEL ESTADO
Spain
Address
81,Antonio Lopez 81
28026 Madrid
GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH
Germany
Address
Max-planck-strasse
21502 Geesthacht
HYDROMOD SCIENTIFIC CONSULTING GBR
Germany
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 52
22871 Wedel
Institut d'Hygiène et d'Epidémiologie
Belgium
Address
100,Gulledelle
1200 Bruxelles
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgium
Address
2,W. De Croylaan
3001 Heverlee
NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER
Norway
Address
3A,edvard Griegsvej 3A
5059 Bergen
Sistemas Avanzados de Tecnologia
Spain
Address
6 3,C/alfonso Xi
28014 Madrid
Stichting Waterloopkundig Laboratorium
Netherlands
Address
28,Voorsterweg
8300 AD Emmeloord
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Troplowitzstrasse 7
22529 Hamburg
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
France
Address

59655 Villeneuve-d'ascq