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Oceanography at coastal scales: Introduction to the special issue on results from the EU FP7 FIELD_AC project

February 15, 2014

The high-resolution and coupled forecasting of wind, waves and currents in restricted coastal domains offer a number of important challenges; these limit the quality of predictions, in the present state-of-the-art. This paper presents the main results obtained for such coastal domains, with reference to a variety of modelling suites and observing networks for: a) Liverpool Bay; b) German Bight; c) Gulf of Venice; and d) the Catalan coast. All of these areas are restricted domains, where boundary effects play a significant role in the resulting inner dynamics. This contribution addresses also the themes of the other papers in this Special Issue, ranging from observations to simulations. Emphasis is placed upon the physics controlling such restricted areas. The text deals also with the transfer to end-users and other interested parties, since the requirements on resolution, accuracy and robustness must be linked to their applications. Finally, some remarks are included on the way forward for coastal oceanography and the synergetic combination of in-situand remote measurements, with high-resolution 3D simulations.

Sánchez-Arcillaa A, Wolfc J, Monbaliud J, in press: Oceanography at coastal scales: Introduction to the special issue on results from the EU FP7 FIELD_AC project, Continentral Shelf Research, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2014.01.023. Article.

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