Interactive Back Track offshore Oil Spill for Kuwaiti Territorial Waters by Smart Mobile Technology.

Khaled Al Banaa, Khaled Al-Salem

Thursday 2 july 2015

12:48 - 12:51h at Europe 1 (level 0)

Themes: (T) Special session, (ST) Oil spill modelling, Poster pitches

Parallel session: Poster pitches: 11J. Special session: Oil Spill Modelling

A numerical model has been developed based on the solution of the governing partial differential equations of flow and immiscible pollutants named B-Oil for predicting the backtrack oil slick incidents in the Kuwaiti offshore and Arabian Gulf waters by using smart mobile technology (IPhone or IPad devices). The model has been coupled with KGulf Model, a hydrodynamic numerical model [Al-Salem, 2012], that provides the 2-D velocity distribution of the sea surface water. For the case of transient analysis; the velocity distribution is calculated at each computational time step, in which it would feed into the back-track oil transport mobile simulation model. The Lagrangian discrete parcel algorithm has been used to predict the back oil spills and the model consider Monte Carlo Statistical technique to overcome the random walk in Lagrangian discrete parcel algorithm [Al-Salem, 2014]. The coupled model has been tested in three previous oil incidents occurred in the Arabian Gulf, and the model has successfully back-tracked the oil spills locations when compared with the observed data. Such technique can possibly be used either as a real-time basis to predict the back movement of oil spill for unexpected accidents or for quick respond for decision marker on any oil spill accidents in the offshore sea.