The pre-operational marine service of Copernicus, provided through the EU-funded project MyOcean 2, has been used to support the Italian Coast Guard during the parbuckling of Costa Concordia.
A joint team of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV), the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, CMCC) and the University of Bologna have developed downstream applications (oil spill forecasting and high resolution relocatable modelling) for the Italian Coast Guard which rely on MyOcean products. Information on currents in the Mediterranean Sea provided by the Copernicus pre-operational marine service were combined with the oil spill model MEDSLIK-II in order to simulate possible scenarios of transport and dispersion of the oil in the sea. Counting on these scenario predictions allows authorities to better plan risk mitigation measures and immediately react in case a leak occurs. Data on currents and possible oil spill scenarios will continue to be provided to Coast Guard in case they will be needed during the next phases of the Concordia wreck removal.