Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2009–2020, 2016

Special issue: Situational sea awareness technologies for maritime safety...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2009–2020, 2016

Research article 30 Aug 2016

Research article | 30 Aug 2016

Decision support system for emergency management of oil spill accidents in the Mediterranean Sea

Svitlana Liubartseva1, Giovanni Coppini2, Nadia Pinardi3, Michela De Dominicis4,5, Rita Lecci2, Giuseppe Turrisi2, Sergio Cretì2, Sara Martinelli2, Paola Agostini2, Palmalisa Marra6, and Francesco Palermo2 Svitlana Liubartseva et al.
  • 1Fondazione CMCC – Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, via M. Franceschini 31, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • 2Fondazione CMCC – Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, via Augusto Imperatore 16, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • 3Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia (DIFA) Università degli Studi di Bologna, viale Berti-Pichat 6/2, 40127 Bologna, Italy
  • 4Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, via D. Creti 12, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • 5National Oceanography Centre, 6 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5DA, UK
  • 6Links Management and Technology S.p.A. – via R. Scotellaro 55, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Abstract. This paper presents an innovative web-based decision support system to facilitate emergency management in the case of oil spill accidents, called WITOIL (Where Is The Oil). The system can be applied to create a forecast of oil spill events, evaluate uncertainty of the predictions, and calculate hazards based on historical meteo-oceanographic datasets. To compute the oil transport and transformation, WITOIL uses the MEDSLIK-II oil spill model forced by operational meteo-oceanographic services. Results of the modeling are visualized through Google Maps. A special application for Android is designed to provide mobile access for competent authorities, technical and scientific institutions, and citizens.

Short summary
An innovative fully operational 24/7 web-based decision support system, WITOIL (Where Is The Oil), has been developed to support oil pollution response. The system meets the real-time requirements in terms of performance and dynamic service delivery. Comprehensive computational resources and network bandwidth efficiently support the multi-user regime. The eight-language graphical user interface incorporates a great variety of user services, e.g., help and support, tooltips, and video tutorials.
Final-revised paper