An operational predictive oil slick movement model was developed and applied to New York Harbor. The simulation uses hourly tidal currents combined with river flow and continuous wind data to predict oil slick movement. Slick spreading is accomplished using a conservative form of the diffusion-advection equation. The shape of the slick and its possible separation into multiple slicks due to current divergence is predicted. Time steps on the order of 3 min and grid spacing of 200 m allow short-term, small-scale slick position and shape predictions to facilitate quick response for location of sites for containment or cleanup activities. Hindcasting features allow for possible source location of the initial spill.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 441-445

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  • Accession Number: 00177248
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 4284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM