TOOLS AND METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL SPILLS IN PORT AREAS

TOOLS AND METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL SPILLS IN PORT AREAS

The goal of PREVEMAR is to improve the scientific and technical knowledge on environmental risk analysis due to chemical spills of handling facilities in port areas. This improvement will allow to adjust preventive and corrective measures to optimize the response and prevention of such spills.

During the last years, a great exertion has been done to facilitate and improve the management of oil spills. Nowadays, due to recent legislation, it is necessary to supply tools and procedures to port authorities in order to assess the environmental risk of chemical spills.

PREVEMAR is focused on the development of methodological procedures to estimate the environmental risk of chemical handling facilities in port areas, in  order to address the overall environmental risk at port level or the independent environmental risk of each facility. These methodological procedures are based on a probabilistic approach by combining the effects of multiple agents having into account their spatio-temporal variability. For this reason, is necessary to develop and select the numerical tools (tools on geographic information systems and, eulerian and lagrangian numerical models) to predict the evolution of chemical substances in the marine environment. To validate the proposed methodological procedures and tools, these are compared with the real impact on the environment through field and lab studies.

The developed methods and tools, in PREVEMAR, improve the development of contingency plans, the design of environmental monitoring programmes and the management of chemical spills at facilities and port areas. For this reason, PREVEMAR implies an innovation in the planning and response to pollution produced by chemicals, improving the quality of port aquatic systems.

 

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Reference

PREVEMAR project, BIA2015-67298-R (MINECO/FEDER)

FINANCED BY

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO).

 

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Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, en el marco del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016

 

European Regional Development Fund 

 

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