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Lagrangian modelling of oil concentrations at sea: a sensitivity analysis to the grid resolution and number of Lagrangian elements

Abstract: This paper presents a novel method to select the optimal combination of grid resolution and number of Lagrangian elements (LEs) required in numerical modelling of oil concentrations at sea. A sensitivity analysis in terms of grid resolution and the number of LEs, was carried out to understand the uncertainty that these userdependent parameters introduce in the numerical results. A dataset of 211,200 simulations performed under 400 metocean patterns, 6 initial volumes, 11 grid resolutions, and different numbers of LEs (100 to 500,000), was used to analyze the sensitivity of the model along different Thresholds of Concern. Results show the importance of a correct selection of the number of LEs and the grid resolution in Lagrangian modelling of surface oil concentrations. The method proposed will allow selecting the optimal combination of these parameters to find an optimal balance between the accuracy and the computational cost of the simulation.

 Fuente: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2024, 198, 115787

 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

 Publication date: 01/01/2024

 No. of pages: 12

 Publication type: Article

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115787

 ISSN: 0025-326X,1879-3363

 Spanish project: PID2020-117267RB-I00

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