The SensE group performs oil spill trajectory modelling as part of risk assessments, oil spill contingency analyses and environmental screening analyses. Oil drift simulations are currently carried out using the OSCAR model (SINTEF).
Trajectory modelling forms one of the basic elements of quantified environmental risk assessments for oil spills, by modelling the fate and distribution of oil in water masses, on the sea surface and shoreline. Results are presented in maps and figures providing the basis for both general and detailed oil spill contingency analysis and planning. SensE uses the SINTEF OSCAR model for oil spill trajectory modelling. This model analyses the fate of oil using hind-cast databases of water current and meteorological data covering a 20-30 year period and a database of physical chemical properties of crude oils from all over the world. SensE uses a high number of simulations to achieve a high level of accuracy and statistical robustness and meet regulatory requirements.
This also provides our clients with a complete picture of the range of outcomes related to the environmental impact and oil spill response challenges related to a specific activity. Each case is evaluated and recommendations are made that address the range of potential situations while maintaining consistency with industry standards. Upon request, SensE also performs oil spill trajectory modelling with custom made resolution as part of early-phase environmental screening studies, seasonal variation studies etc.
SensE provides our clients with additional detailed results from the oil spill trajectory analysis through a user interface on the SensE project website.
Oil spill trajectory modelling is a component of the environmental studies and analyses carried out by SensE are not available as a separate service.