In the perspective of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) an important
goal is to develop operational tools for those in charge of safety and
regulation for coastal marine operations and constructions, as well as for
the protection of the marine environment.
The EuroROSE project aims to develop such a tool to be used by vessel traffic
services (VTS) operators, harbour and coastal managers, to monitor and
predict significant met-ocean conditions with high time/spatial resolution
in limited sea areas surrounding locations of dense and sensitive marine
operations. This tool consists of three basic elements, each one well
matured and proven:
Nowadays the sea state variability are monitored by different in situ sensors
(e.g. buoys) providing point measurements. To support the decision-making
authorities additional model forecast information is provided on a coarse
grid (about 5 km) and updated every 3-6 hours.
- The high frequency radar systems which provide gridded coverage of
wave spectra and currents within a distance from 2 - 40 km off
shore and a resolution of 0.5 - 2 km.
- Navigational X-band radar systems which provide near field wave
spectra and surface current averages for significant sub-areas
(about 1 km2) within a range of 0.5 - 10 km.
- High resolution numerical models (less then 500 m) simulating and
predicting all four classes of parameters in an area of about
Such models already exist and there is need to assimilate spatial
radar sensed data into the model parameter fields in order to
improve their initial fields for the prediction of the next two days.
The primary objective of EuroROSE is the combination of fine mesh
numerical models updated every hour and initialised with the actual
radar measurements. These data will be connected to the VTS centres
using the existing infra structures.
The methodology will be a combination of area covering remote sensed
data and high resolution numerical forecast models including data
assimilation, co-ordinated with the Vessel Traffic Services at ports
and coastal monitoring centres. The system developed will be tested
in a field experiment, and will also be validated from the scientific
point of view.
The project emphasises active user interaction by involving potential
users and system manufacturers as either partners or as members of an
expert board engaged to oversee the project.
This work is supported by the European Commission DG XII within
the MAST-3 programme, project EuroROSE, CT98-0168.
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