Title: Forecasting surface oil slicks and drifter trajectories

Summary: Operational oceanography is one of the backbones of environmental preparedness planning and emergency response, e.g. Search-and-Rescue missions, oil spill monitoring and marine pollution detection. In such situations, where the time response window is narrow, skillful forecasts are of utmost importance to achieve a successful outcome. The ocean surface current system is however intrinsically turbulent and chaotic, implying that real ocean dynamic state might diverge from the modeled one, thus limiting the prediction process. Here ongoing research involving ensemble modelling of oil slick and drifter trajectories in the Fram Strait and Barents Sea will be presented.

The seminar will be at the CIRFA office at UiT and also hosted online: 7 September at 14:00-15:00.