WIT Press


Modelling The Behaviour Of An Oil Spill Near Coastal Zones

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV040351

Volume

68

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

616 kb

Author(s)

M. Psaltaki, J. Papadimitrakis, M. Christolis & N. C Markatos

Abstract

A great amount of petroleum is transported by cargo ships and pipelines through the marine environment. Moreover, the increase in offshore oil exploration, and the drilling and production activities enhance the potential for oil spills that, due to oil toxicity, cause great damage to marine ecosystems. Assessment of the impact of an oil spill on the marine environment is often based on mathematical models, that are, more or less, phenomenological in nature. This paper describes briefly a deterministic model developed to simulate the time-dependent behavior of hypothetical oil spills near coastal regions. The model capabilities are demonstrated by applying it in two regions of different topography and bath

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