The use of products delivered from operational oceanography systems to oil spill drift applications is investigated. The evaluation is conducted with the French operational oil spill drift forecast system MOTHY and three operational oceanography systems, MERCATOR (MERCATOR-OCEAN, France), FOAM (MetOffice, UK) and MFS (INGV, Italy).

The present work focuses on evaluating the effects of introducing large scale currents in the MOTHY system. This effect is investigated in the Bay of Biscay and in the Western part of the Mediterranean Sea. Preliminary results are most encouraging.

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