Susceptibility to oil spill spreading using case studies and simulated scenarios

Barbosa Monteiro, Caroline and Haron Oleinik, Phelype and Fagundes Leal, Thalita and de Paula Kirinus, Eduardo and Ernestino Toldo Júnior, Elírio and Correa Marques, Wiliam and de Carvalho Faria Lima Lopes, Bruna (2020) Susceptibility to oil spill spreading using case studies and simulated scenarios. Environmental Pollution, 267. 115451. ISSN 0269-7491 (

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Fossil fuels still prevail over other energy sources in the world’s consumption energy matrix. Thus, oil transportation and operations over maritime routes have been in high demand for a long time. Although oil spill accidents caused by these activities have reduced significantly over the last few decades, they still cause great concern. From this perspective, this paper presents simulation analyses of oil spill case studies using TELEMAC-3D hydrodynamic model coupled with an oil model. Hence a location susceptible to such accidents was selected and three real oil spills were simulated, for each of which there were official technical monitoring reports available. The obtained results contribute to the knowledge of oil pollution susceptibility in environmentally sensitive areas, as well as provide information concerning oil slick behaviour. Additionally, similarities between the modelled results and the technical reports were confirmed. These findings are useful for contingency planning and responding to these probable accidents.