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Modelling and assimilation for rofi environments limits of predictability

Modelling and assimilation for rofi environments limits of predictability

Objective

The main aim of this Marie Curie-TOK project is to increase the 'marine' forecasting capabilities of two south European Universities. The project is based on the dynamics of two selected river-mouth and adjacent coast areas, representative of the Iberian Peninsula coastline. The focus is on driving terms (such as tidal influence and 3D river discharge boundary condition), model coupling (information flow, feedbacks and interactions) and the predictability limits for the modelling suite.

This will allow a structured transfer of knowledge from several top EU research groups (from Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands) towards two Host Institutions with proven knowledge on the dynamics of the selected ROFI (regions of fresh water influence) areas and with enough expertise on partial numerical modelling aspects. The expected advancement in model coupling, forcing terms and predictability limits will serve to address in a more scientific manner the management of ROFI areas.

This will help to alleviate the unsustainable development experienced by the selected coastal zones and which is common to many coastal stretches along the Iberian Peninsula. Both the Spanish and Portuguese coastal societies are, thus, expected to benefit from the improved prediction/analysis of wave/current/river plumes. Likewise, the advancement in scientific/technical capabilities achieved by the Host Institutions will improve their research and teaching potential.

The expected advancement will also build upon the wealth of field data available from the two field sites and particularly from the online meteo-oceanographic observations from the XIOM network deployed along the Catalan coast. In this sense the project will enhance the benefit and impact of previous European Union and national research projects and will maximize the use of the oceanographic XIOM buoys. All this highlights the social and economic relevance of the proposed improvement in predictability of ROFI dynamics.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA

Address

Jordi Girona, 31 (Campus Nord)
Barcelona

Spain

Administrative Contact

Agustin SANCHEZ-ARCILLA (Professor)

Participants (4)

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FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 14509

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain