Oil spill contamination probability in the southeastern Levantine basin

Goldman, Ron, Biton, Eli, Brokovich, Eran, Kark, Salit and Levin, Noam (2015) Oil spill contamination probability in the southeastern Levantine basin. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 91 1: 347-356. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.10.050

Author Goldman, Ron
Biton, Eli
Brokovich, Eran
Kark, Salit
Levin, Noam
Title Oil spill contamination probability in the southeastern Levantine basin
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-3363
Publication date 2015-02-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.10.050
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 91
Issue 1
Start page 347
End page 356
Total pages 10
Place of publication London United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1910 Oceanography
1104 Aquatic Science
2310 Pollution
Abstract Recent gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea led to multiple operations with substantial economic interest, and with them there is a risk of oil spills and their potential environmental impacts. To examine the potential spatial distribution of this threat, we created seasonal maps of the probability of oil spill pollution reaching an area in the Israeli coastal and exclusive economic zones, given knowledge of its initial sources. We performed simulations of virtual oil spills using realistic atmospheric and oceanic conditions. The resulting maps show dominance of the alongshore northerly current, which causes the high probability areas to be stretched parallel to the coast, increasing contamination probability downstream of source points. The seasonal westerly wind forcing determines how wide the high probability areas are, and may also restrict these to a small coastal region near source points. Seasonal variability in probability distribution, oil state, and pollution time is also discussed.
Keyword Simulation
Oil spill
Eastern mediterranean sea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 18 Dec 2014

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