An article on the MEDESS-4MS oil spill system has been published on the number of November 2014 of the international magazine Sea Technology, the worldwide information leader for marine business, science and engineering for more than 50 years. In the paper the oil spill system realized in the framework of the project is described starting from the numerical system to conclude with the tool realized by INGV and CNR.
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The Information Day “INFODAY” was held in Brussels, Belgium on 4 June 2014 at the Conference Centre A. Borschette. The Meeting was organised by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate-General (DG ECHO). The Meeting was co-financed by the European Commission and the EU-funded Mediterranean Decision Support System for Marine Safety (MEDESS-4MS) Project. The “INFODAY” was convened pursuant to the recommendations issued from the discussion on “Sub-Regional, Regional, European, International, Industry Mechanisms and Databases” of the Workshop on the Regional Response Capacity and Coordination to Major Oil Spill in the Mediterranean Sea (MEDEXPOL 2013) held in Athens, Greece between 10 and 12 December 2013. The principal objectives of the Meeting were: to introduce the European Union (EU) Civil Protection Mechanism as it results from Decision No 1313/2013/EU, to present its role in marine pollution and explain how non-EU Member States in the Mediterranean Sea may call on the activation of this mechanism, in particular through the Common Emergency Communication and Information System (CECIS). This part of the “INFODAY” was followed by a visit to the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC); to present the three-year Mediterranean Decision … Continue reading
a Regional “Serious Game” in the Gibraltar Strait Continue reading
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Dr. George Zodiatis – OC-UCY will be presenting the MEDESS4MS project during the 2nd East Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference (http://www.eastmed-og.com) which will be held on 9-10 September 2014 in Paphos, Cyprus. The presentation will be part of the session ”Implementing regional cooperation for offshore safety and the environment – Regional Cooperation”
MEDESS-4MS – SUB-REGIONAL END USER MEETING La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, 8 July 2014 The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre) jointly organised the MEDESS-4MS Project Sub-Regional End User Meeting for Western Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian which took place on 8 July 2014, at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. This event was the first Sub-regional End User Meeting organised by the Project to show to end users MEDESS-4MS oil spill response tools and their potential use in preparation of anti-pollution exercise, contingency planning, and during an emergency situation. The Meeting was attended by 14 participants, including experts and representatives of the Spanish Maritime Security and Rescue Society (SASEMAR), the Algerian and Italian Coast Guard, the French maritime “Préfecture” and General Secretariat of the Sea; as well as MEDESS4MS Partners from METEO-FRANCE, IFREMER, REMPEC and CEDRE. The aim of the Meeting was to inform and train users on the tools developed within the framework of the project, through presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises. In the coming months, further Sub-Regional End Users Meetings will be organised by other MEDESS-4MS Partner to reach … Continue reading
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A nice article about the MEDESS-4MS Serious Game has been published on the italian national press (Corriere delle Sera – online). Click on this LINK to read it (in italian). The MEDESS-4MS Serious Game was a real exercise at sea to the test the MEDESS-4MS oil spill forecasting capabilities, that took place in the Elba Island region in the period 16-28 May 2014. The main objective was to combine the MEDESS-4MS model system and multi-platform observations (satellite, drifters, aerial surveys, CTD surveys) to improve the forecast skill and the rapid analysis of environmental and oil pollution conditions. During the Serious Game an oil slick was detected by satellite in the area of the exercise and the vessels of the Italian Coast Guard were sent to confirm the position of the oil slick. Scientists collected water samples to be analysed in laboratory and launched several drifters into the oil slick, in order to verify the numerical forecast.