BONUS+ BalticWay workshop


Towards the smart use of marine currents for environmental management


Frederick University, Nicosia, March 19, 2010


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The workshop is organised in the framework of the BONUS+ activities funded jointly by ten agencies responsible for marine research in the Baltic Sea countries together with the European Union.
The key speakers come from the project “BalticWay: The potential of currents for environmental management of the Baltic Sea maritime industry,” driven by a consortium of 8 research groups from 5 Baltic Sea countries. The project aims at a substantial decrease of marine-industry-induced environmental risks and impacts. The core objective is to develop a scientific platform for an innovative low-cost technology of environmental management of shipping, offshore, and coastal engineering activities.
The approach makes use of the existence of semi-persistent current patterns that considerably affect the probability of pollution propagation from different open sea areas to the vulnerable areas. For certain regions (areas of reduced risk) this probability is relatively small. A combination of the classical risk analysis with novel mathematical methods is applied to identify the persistence, properties, and potential effect of such areas, and to establish generic criteria for their existence.


09:30 Opening of the workshop

09:40 Tarmo Soomere (Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia): The potential of the use of marine currents for environmental management

10:20 Oleg Andrejev, Alexander Sokolov, Kai Myrberg (Finnish Environmental Institute, Helsinki): Using Gulf of Finland circulation simulation to identify areas of reduced risk for marine transport: a modification of the Soomere-Quak method

11:00–11:20 Coffee break

11:20 Kristofer Döös (Department of Meteorology, University of Stockholm, Sweden): Tracing the ocean and atmospheric circulation and its substances with TRACMASS trajectories

12:00 Nicole Delpeche (Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia): Spatial patterns of transport by surface currents in the Gulf of Finland


12:35–13:15 Lunch


13:15 Jens Murawsky (Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen): Introduction into DMI’s operational oil spill model

13:45 Andreas Lehmann (Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, Germany): [Current-induced transport in southern Baltic Sea; to be confirmed]

14:25–14:45 Coffee break

14:45 Emil Stanev (Institute for Coastal Research, GKSS Geesthacht, Germany): Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas (COSYNA): a contribution to improving coastal ocean predictions

15:15 Bert Viikmäe (Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia): Spatial distributions of probabilities of coastal hit in the Gulf of Finland

15:45 Open discussion (Moderator Ewald Quak)

16:00 Closing