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Coastal unstructured resolution for aquatic environments


Project timeline
April 2018
24 months
March 2020
General Information
The main objective of CURAE is to prepare a new set of downscaling and coupling tools which, based on present Copernicus - Marine environment monitoring service (CMEMS) products, will open a wide range of coastal applications and contribute to enhance the coastal dimensions. The core of the project is the incorporation of the coastal fringe as an active boundary layer, interacting bi-directionally with the shelf sea and including the continental discharge in terms of water, sediment and nutrient fluxes. To prove the feasibility of this approach two coastal pilots have been selected that feature river and irrigation discharges, dredging and their interactions. The selected sites also represent two contrasting environments (micro and macro tidal, low to high wave energy, mild though point wise torrential and medium to high precipitation rates) and two different numerical approaches for downscaling so that the derived conclusions and tools should be generic enough and of direct value for a CMEMS extension towards the coast.
Such a general aim and structure will be done trough: (i) introducing asymmetric interpolation and error assessment techniques as required by anisotropic coastal domains; (ii) assessing the different relative weights of processes and coupling in coastal areas, with respect to deep water oceanography, providing criteria and recommendations for the further evolution of the marine services; (iii) proving the feasibility of including some selected coastal interventions into the forecasting tools, to illustrate another coastal extension with high added value for specific applications and general land/water planning; (iv) promoting the use of unstructured grids , benefiting from the higher flexibility for distributing mesh nodes.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaCOPERNICUS Ocean (CMEMS)
Project TypeCOPERNICUS Tender
Contract Number66-SE-CMEMS-CALL2-lot3
Co-ordinatorUniversitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Johannes Schulz-Stellenfleth, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation, KSD, Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1511
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DHI - Institute of Water and Environment (DK), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES)
COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)
Last Update: 16. April 2021