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The Oil Spill Modelling In The Sea Of Japan: Application To The Tanker 'Nakhodka' 1997 Incident

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OIL980321

Volume

27

Pages

12

Published

1998

Size

1,055 kb

Author(s)

S.M. Varlamov, J.-H. Yoon, N. Hirose & H. Kawamura

Abstract

January 1997 the Russian tanker 'NAKHODKA' spilled in to the Sea of Japan about 5000 tons of heavy fuel oil type C. Most of it reached the coast of Japan and damaged the environment. This incident forced the development of the operational system for the prediction of oil spills in the Sea of Japan. As a part of this system the model for oil spill modelling is presented. The modelled climatological sea currents were used in these simulations, generated by the three-dimensional primitive ocean circulation model with 10- minute horizontal resolution and 19 vertical levels. The model was forced by climatological atmospheric winds and heat fluxes. The wind currents in t

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