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Fluxes, Interactions and Environment at the Land-Ocean Boundary. Downscaling, Assimilation and Coupling

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 242284

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 229 558

  • EU contribution

    € 3 309 416,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

Objective

Coastal-zone oceanographic predictions seldom appraise the land discharge as a boundary condition. River fluxes are sometimes considered, but neglecting their 3D character, while the “distributed” continental run-off is not taken into consideration. Moreover, many coastal scale processes, particularly those relevant in geographically restricted domains (coasts with harbours or river mouth areas), are not well parameterized in present simulations. Because of this situation, local predictions still present significant errors and are not robust enough, even being locally wrong for sharp gradient events, such as flash flood discharges into the Mediterranean sea. This hampers decision-making in coastal zones. The FIELD_AC project aims at providing an improved operational service for coastal areas and to generate added value for shelf and regional scale predictions from GMES Marine Core Services. Local assimilation will be analysed together with advanced error metrics to provide a reliable service that can be transferred to public and private parties, using the spin-off company that will result from the project. This will be achieved by the introduction of more comprehensive “land” boundary conditions, improved local parameterizations and new coupling terms/strategies for the studied field cases. They cover a representative range of meteo-oceanographic drivers for four “geometrically” restricted domains (Catalan coast, Venice Gulf, Liverpool Bay and the Wadden Sea). FIELD_AC will bridge the gap from shelf predictions to local (river mouth or harbour/beach scales) simulations required at the coastal zone. This will result in a wider demand for operational services and an enhanced use of in-situ and remote observations. Such improvements (services and expertise) will require the advancement of the present state of the art.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Address

Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 846 133,50

Administrative Contact

Valenti Guasch (Mr.)

Participants (8)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 398 980

SERVICE HYDROGRAPHIQUE ET OCEANOGRAPHIQUE DE LA MARINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 196 220

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 418 265

INSTYTUT BUDOWNICTWA WODNEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 99 800

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 404 658

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 773

DHI

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 345 550

BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 200 037

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 242284

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 229 558

  • EU contribution

    € 3 309 416,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain