Our approach is threefold: numerical modeling, at-sea experiments in collaboration with local authorities and training/workshops.

  1. Modeling Oil Spills and Containment Booms

    A high resolution integrated numerical modeling approach was implemented including:

    • a 3D hydrodynamic model (MOHID)
    • an oil dispersion model (MOHID)
    • a wave model (WW3)
    • a 3D finite-element model of the booms typically used in coastal areas (BAR3D)
    • an OpenMI interface to allow information to transfer between these models

    The originality of this approach lies in the use of a small scale (100m) resolution hydrodynamic model to apply force on a 3D boom in realistic conditions. This modeling system will be used to guide planners or responders to select effective boom positions.

  2. Boom deployment experiments

    The modeling will allow us to conduct several numerical experiments, and these results can be enriched by practical testing scenarios. In the ISDAMP project, we have planned to carry out 3 real-life experiments in:

    • Lisbon harbour/estuary
    • Falmouth harbour/coast
    • La Rochelle estuaries/harbours/natural sites

    These experiments at a local scale will allow us to better understand the practical problems which can arise during the deployment of containment booms.

  3. Training and workshops

  4. During the project, training sessions and international workshops will be conducted. They are posted in the events section.