On the 17 and 18 June a meeting was held at the head office of AZTI-TECNALIA in the Basque port of Pasaia to launch a new project for a Spanish System of Operational Oceanography. Working on the project are the principal research centres, bodies in the field of oceanography and meteorology as well as other agencies involved in coastal management such as the Spanish Ports Authority. More than 50 experts, national and international, bringing together a wide range of multidisciplinary experience, took part in the meeting.
The fundamental aim of the project is to create a Spanish system of operational oceanography capable of providing answers to emergency situations at sea, such as spills and monitoring of objects adrift. The system will combine services based on numerical modelling and on the analysis of oceanographic data, both past and in real time.
The Prestige accident has shown the need to develop a system of operational oceanography applied to the Spanish coast which will enable the prediction of currents and the direction of spills.
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