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Current status of deepwater oil spill modelling in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Northeast Atlantic, and future challenges

Current status of deepwater oil spill modelling in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Northeast Atlantic, and future challenges
Current status of deepwater oil spill modelling in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Northeast Atlantic, and future challenges

As oil reserves in established basins become depleted, exploration and production moves towards relatively unexploited areas, such as deep waters off the continental shelf. The Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC, NE Atlantic) and adjacent areas have been subject to increased focus by the oil industry. In addition to extreme depths, metocean conditions in this region characterise an environment with high waves and strong winds, strong currents, complex circulation patterns, sharp density gradients, and large small- and mesoscale variability. These conditions pose operational challenges to oil spill response and question the suitability of current oil spill modelling frameworks (oil spill models and their forcing data) to adequately simulate the behaviour of a potential oil spill in the area. This article reviews the state of knowledge relevant to deepwater oil spill modelling for the FSC area and identifies knowledge gaps and research priorities. Our analysis should be relevant to other areas of complex oceanography.

Deepwater, Faroe-Shetland Channel, Modelling, Northeast Atlantic, Oil spill
0025-326X
484-504
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Main, Charlotte E.
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Legrand, Sebastien
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Witte, Ursula
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Gallego, Alejandro, O'Hara Murray, Rory, Berx, Barbara, Turrell, William R., Beegle-Krause, C. J., Inall, Mark, Sherwin, Toby, Siddorn, John, Wakelin, Sarah, Vlasenko, Vasyl, Hole, Lars R., Dagestad, Knut Frode, Rees, John, Short, Lucy, Rønningen, Petter, Main, Charlotte E., Legrand, Sebastien, Gutierrez, Tony, Witte, Ursula and Mulanaphy, Nicole (2018) Current status of deepwater oil spill modelling in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Northeast Atlantic, and future challenges. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 127, 484-504. (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.12.002).

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Abstract

As oil reserves in established basins become depleted, exploration and production moves towards relatively unexploited areas, such as deep waters off the continental shelf. The Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC, NE Atlantic) and adjacent areas have been subject to increased focus by the oil industry. In addition to extreme depths, metocean conditions in this region characterise an environment with high waves and strong winds, strong currents, complex circulation patterns, sharp density gradients, and large small- and mesoscale variability. These conditions pose operational challenges to oil spill response and question the suitability of current oil spill modelling frameworks (oil spill models and their forcing data) to adequately simulate the behaviour of a potential oil spill in the area. This article reviews the state of knowledge relevant to deepwater oil spill modelling for the FSC area and identifies knowledge gaps and research priorities. Our analysis should be relevant to other areas of complex oceanography.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2017
Published date: 1 February 2018
Keywords: Deepwater, Faroe-Shetland Channel, Modelling, Northeast Atlantic, Oil spill

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Local EPrints ID: 417439
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417439
ISSN: 0025-326X
PURE UUID: 902ab7f9-009a-468c-8de4-633d2e28c166

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Date deposited: 31 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 08 Aug 2018 16:31

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Author: Alejandro Gallego
Author: Rory O'Hara Murray
Author: Barbara Berx
Author: William R. Turrell
Author: C. J. Beegle-Krause
Author: Mark Inall
Author: Toby Sherwin
Author: John Siddorn
Author: Sarah Wakelin
Author: Vasyl Vlasenko
Author: Lars R. Hole
Author: Knut Frode Dagestad
Author: John Rees
Author: Lucy Short
Author: Petter Rønningen
Author: Charlotte E. Main
Author: Sebastien Legrand
Author: Tony Gutierrez
Author: Ursula Witte
Author: Nicole Mulanaphy

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