PLVMA (TRA2011-28900 , 2012-2014 ) is a research project funded within the Spanish National Research Plan by the Ministry of Science and Innovation .

The objective of this project is the development of new methodologies for predicting the medium-long term evolution of dumping at sea , in order to improve prevention and response systems against oil pollution on the coast and in the marine environment.

Currently, there are a series of numerical models and methodologies which can be used when faced with an oil spill which allow us to:

  • predict the drift of a short-term release (2-5 days) 
  • obtain information from the risk of contamination based on statistical methods.

However,  there are no tools to predict the evolution of an oil spill on the marine environment in the medium to long term (15 days -1 month). In this project we are researching and developing methodologies that combine short term predictions provided by oceanographic and meteorological operational systems (wind and currents) with reanalysis data from marine and atmospheric dynamics
operationally to predict the evolution of a spill in the sea in the mid to long term.

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