In the context of the ISDAMP project, the 5th Oil Spill Studies Workshop was held at EIGSI Engineering School La Rochelle on March 6 and 7th, 2014. We discussed the implications of oil pollution for coastal communities, focussing on the economic aspects of oil pollution. During the two day event, three sessions of presentations & roundtable discussions were held:
Session 1 : European Projects on Pollution
The objective of this session was to build synergy between several past and present European research projects. Our first speaker, Emmanuelle Poupon from the CEDRE, presented two projects: POSOW and Arcopol. Our second speaker, Kais Ben Khadra, from ENSTA Bretagne, presented the approach used during the NETMAR project. Thirdly, Frédéric Muttin presented the goals and work achieved thus far in ISDAMP. This session was closed with a round table discussion during which attendees introduced themselves. Other projects, including PORTONOVA, Arcopol Platform and SPRES were discussed.
Session 2 : Software Development for Environmental Risks & Decision Making
To open the second session, Frank Braunschweig of Action Modulers presented several modelling tools (built on MOHID Land and Water) and their applications to various risk management situations. Our second speaker, Frédéric Heymes from Ecole des Mines d’Alès, presented results based on modelling and experimentation, focusing on pollutants leaking from a sunken ship. During a roundtable discussion, the difficulty of building confidence in advanced numerical tools from users’ perspective was discussed.
Session 3 : Socio-economic and Biological Impacts
To begin the final session of the workshop, Karen Sumser-Lupson of AMSSA/FHC discussed the socio-economic impacts of marine pollution, focusing on south-west England. Our second speaker, Rodrigo Fernandes from IST, presented dynamic risk tool and its application to the Portugese coastline. Finally Alexandre Rio from EIGSI discussed the ENERGYMARE project, and the economic impacts of marine renewable energy. Our final roundtable discussion touched on many issues, including sound pollution from underwater work, and the difficulty of maintaining up to date sensitivity maps.