The MEDESS-4MS Project has reached a very important achievement in regards to improving the evaluation and the monitoring of risks. Three project partners, REMPEC, DMS and INNOVAMAR, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two United Nations MAP Regional Centers, RAC/SPA and PLAN BLEU. The Regional Activity Center for the Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) aims to assess the situation of natural heritage and assist the Mediterranean countries to implement the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol). The main goals of RAC/SPA are the conservation of habitats, ecosystems, sites and species in the Mediterranean taking into account sustainable management and the ecosystem approach. Plan Bleu aims to produce information and knowledge in order to alert decision-takers and other stakeholders to environmental risks and sustainable development issues in the Mediterranean, and to shape future scenarios to guide decision-taking processes. Plan Bleu and RAC/SPA agreed to provide highly valuable information relevant to the implementation of the Project MEDESS-4MS and support for the definition of the weighting matrix for all socio-economic and environmental data gathered during the project.
An experiment (Serious Games) were performed in the frame of MEDESS-4MS Project in order to provide the observational data required for further validation of the MEDESS-4MS model systems. Continue reading
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Two papers on the open source oil spill model MEDSLIK-II have been just published: M. De Dominicis, N. Pinardi, G. Zodiatis, and R. Lardner (2013): MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine surface oil spill model for short-term forecasting – Part 1: Theory M. De Dominicis, N. Pinardi, G. Zodiatis, and R. Archetti (2013): MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine surface oil spill model for short-term forecasting – Part 2: Numerical simulations and validations The first paper describes the MEDSLIK-II numerical model equations. It is available for download at the following link: http://www.geosci-model-dev.net/6/1851/2013/ In the second paper MEDSLIK-II has been used to simulate oil slick transport and transformation processes for realistic oceanic cases, where satellite or drifting buoys data are available for verification. It is available for download at the following link: http://www.geosci-model-dev.net/6/1871/2013/
Mr.George Zodiatis of OC-UCY will be giving a lecture during the upcoming MyOcean Training Course co-organised with IODE OceanTeacher on “Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services”. His presentation will be entitled “Examples of Derived Products and Services: Oil Spill Forecasting”. The training course will be held at the UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE in Ostend, Belgium during the 4th-8th November 2013. More details on the training course
Mr. George Zodiatis of OC-UCY has given a presentation at the dedicated session of the GMES PURE project meeting on the feedback of end users in Marine Safety regarding the End-user requirements as identified in WP2.2.3 of the project.
Mr. George Zodiatis from the Cyprus Oceanography Center has given a presentation regarding the MEDESS-4MS project at the second MonGOOS meeting held on 2-4 October 2013 in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was organized by Puertos del Estado. Download the meeting agenda
The Cyprus Oceanography Center has renewed its system use agreement with Argos Data Collection System and has been featured on NOAA website as the Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month – October 2013 The motivation for the renewal and continuation of the service provision is the under-development MEDESS-4MS service. “The Mediterranean Sea is heavily trafficked and both illicit and accidental spills are a problem. The sea currents in the Mediterranean are a challenge to forecast, due to high variability and small tides. Thanks to the MyOcean program (continuation of MERSEA), daily regional and downscaled flow forecasts are provided useful information to a number of downstream applications for support of marine safety, particularly in oil spills and floating objects predictions. Within the frame of the ongoing implementation of the Mediterranean decision support system for marine safety (www.medess4ms.eu), several well established oil spill models with differing concepts, together with all available MyOcean downscaled ocean forcing data sets, facilitate a small ensemble of forecasts. “ Read more on the renewal of the agreement as it has been featured on the NOAA website.
POWA (Ports and Waterways) 2013 is the 8th international scientific conference held in Zagreb – Croatia. Conference organizer were: Faculty of transport and traffic sciences of University of Zagreb in co-organization with Design, Operations & Productions Systems Lab of Department of financial and management engineering of University of the Aegean, Croatian chamber of economy, DICATECh – Dept of Civil, Environmental and Building Engineering and Chemistry of Politecnico di Bari and Intermodal transport cluster under the auspices of International Sava River Basin Commission. International scientific conference “Ports and Waterways – POWA 2013″ entitled “Green transport” aims to analyse existing and future strategic frameworks of transport development in the region. Aim of this conference was to analyse and to develop awareness about: green transport, transport safety and security, intermodality and transport market liberalization, legal issues, education and training of current and future transport and traffic participants and transport strategies related to management and planning of ports and water transport in the world with an emphasis on the Republic of Croatia and the Adriatic sea. Dr. Efstratios Georgoudis from Department of Merchant Shipping (Cyprus) and Mr Nexhat Kapidani from Maritime Safety Department (Montenegro) prepared a paper for conference on “RISK ASSESMENT METHODOLOGY ON OIL SPILS” presenting … Continue reading
Oct 6, 2013 Announcement: MEDESS-4MS will be presented in MED annual event in Lisbon 23-24 October 2013
Seven years of transnational cooperation in the MED area produced 144 colorful and interesting projects. These projects are touching a numerous and wide spectrum thematic fields from innovation to accessibility from culture to territorial governance. On 23rd and 24th October 2013 in Lisbon, the MED Programme organize a cruise to the MED future to discover what has concretely been produced by transnational cooperation projects in the Mediterranean area, and about how to access and use concrete results. What is available to transfer and (re)use those results? Finally, you will be able to find out what will follow next, which new developments shall be initiated, how will future cooperation funds be invested, with the new programming period starting only next year? MEDESS-4MS project, as MED project submitted under the Axis of Protection of the environment and promotion of a sustainable territorial development and of the specific objective of Maritime risks prevention and strengthening of maritime safety, will be presented in the first day of event. For further information about the technicalities, logistics and registration please visit the bellow link: http://www.programmemed.eu/en/med-cruise-2013.html