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SURF -A simulation model for the behaviour of oil slicks at sea
Zhang, B.; Ozer, J. (1992). SURF -A simulation model for the behaviour of oil slicks at sea, in: Ozer, J. (Ed.) Oil pollution: environmental risk assessment (OPERA), proceedings of the final workshop held in Dalian - China, 9-10 December 1991. pp. 61-85
In: Ozer, J. (Ed.) (1992). Oil pollution: environmental risk assessment (OPERA), proceedings of the final workshop held in Dalian - China, 9-10 December 1991. European economic community: Brussel. ISBN 90-800984-1-8. 180 pp., more

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Keywords
    Models; Oil spills; Predicting; Software; Marine

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  • Zhang, B.
  • Ozer, J., more

Abstract
    This report describes the SURF model, one of the basic models of the OPERA software package, which predicts the fate of oil spilled at sea. SURF is a fully operational computer model for describing the behaviour of oil slicks at sea. With necessary information, it may be used to simulate or to forecast the transport, the spreading and the aging of oil slicks. The model aims mainly at forecasting the behaviour of a pollution in case of an accident at sea. The information provided by the model (position and extent of the polluted area, oil characteristics) can efficiently help the authorities and the combating teams in making decisions on how to wrestle the pollution. But other model applications can be faced. For instance, knowing the zones where oil is extracted, carried or trans-shiped, the model can be used to investigate, a priori, the high risk areas.

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