Modeler:  NOAA Office of Response & Restoration/ERD

Funding Entity:  NOAA

  • Input: Wind forecast, currents from various sources, oil spill scenario, overflight obs
  • Scope:  All of Cook Inlet is gridded, as well as outer coast from PWS to Shelikoff Strait
  • Resolution: Unstructured FEM grid
  • Timeline: First developed in 1991, with continued upgrades

Strengths: It’s there for quick response.  Easily modified to fit field data

Weaknesses: Cannot model the strong convergence lines

Additional Data Needed: Fresh water inflow from more rivers. Currents in winter under the ice

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