Oil Spill application
GNOME (General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment) is the modeling tool the Office of Response and Restoration's (OR&R) Emergency Response Division uses to predict the possible route, or trajectory, a pollutant might follow in or on a body of water, such as in an oil spill. More details can be found on the NOAA official web page.
Figure 1: Example of the GNOME application on the WMOP domain. The GNOME simulation has been forced by a WMOP forecast and by the Hirlam wind forecast. the bold black points represent the trajectories of a oil spill and the red points the associated error probability.
To use GNOME, we describe a spill scenario by entering currents information from WMOP and winds from Hirlam. Then GNOME creates and displays an oil spill "movie" showing the predicted trajectory of the oil spilled in the scenario. In addition to this animation, GNOME estimates the amount of oil beached, still floating, or evaporated at specific times.