Oceanic Drift Models

Sargassum

Oceanic Drift Models

Since 2009, CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites) has developed and maintains a suite of drift models named MOBIDRIFT, allowing the simulation of object drift at sea. It addresses several types of applications thanks to four specific modules: icebergs, particles (oil spill, algae, litter), search & rescue and containers. This drift model suite is forced by environmental data to calculate the impact on the modeled object. The objective of this pilot is to take advantage of the NextGEOSS platform to enhance the actual service by:

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Using the NextGEOSS data hub to access the environmental products of the Copernicus marine core service and the CLS Datastore for preparing the environmental forcing fields

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Taking advantage of the NextGEOSS cloud infrastructure to improve the performance of the drift model and allow ensemble model simulation.

The web-based application will be available to the end-user through the CLS community portal. The pilot will be applied to the case of sargassum drift in the French Caribbean.

 

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Quick Facts

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

The drift model is not bound to a specific geography, nevertheless the pilot region, where a demonstration will be executed on sargassum drift, covers the French Caribbean seas

DATA

Sea surface current forecast from CMEMS . Tidal current and wind forecast accessible from CLS Datastore

CONTEXT

Landings of sargassum are unprecedented on the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This issue has tremendous negative impacts over local communities, marine environment and industry. Knowing the predicted drift if these algae would help the management of this issue.

TARGET COMMUNITY

Local and regional communities

EXPECTED OUTCOME

A web-based service on CLS community portal providing access to a powerful drift modeling tool through a WPS (Web Processing Service). This drift model as a service shall enable users to simulate applications such as drifting of: icebergs, particles (oil spill, algae, litter), search & rescue and containers

RESULT ON GCI

Demonstration products will be available from the GCI

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS

CLS