Oil spills can have significant ecological, social and economic impacts. Accidental releases into the marine environment can occur across a range of operations, including:
Accurate predictions of the fate and impact of spilled oil form vital parts of risk assessments, EIAs and emergency response planning for new developments.
Oil spill models are fundamental tools for such assessments. HR Wallingford uses its own validated, efficient and flexible model, OIL-RW, to provide reliable prediction of oil transport and fate. The model is driven by hydrodynamic and atmospheric inputs, and represents the key physical processes that affect spilled oil.
We have recently developed our tools to give:
Specific advances include:
|Authors||Florence Henno, Alex Goater, Matthew Wood, Marie Pendle|
|Keywords||oil spill, modelling, risk assessment, EIA, wind, ecology, habitat|
Henno, F., Goater, A., Wood, M.J., Cresswell, D., Moore, R. and Pendle, M., "Oil spill model assessment procedures for coastal and offshore developments". Proc. 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2015