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Environmental risk analysis of oil handling facilities in port areas. Application to Tarragona harbor (NE Spain)

Abstract: Diffuse pollution from oil spills is a widespread problem in port areas (as a result of fuel supply, navigation and loading/unloading activities). This article presents a method to assess the environmental risk of oil handling facilities in port areas. The method is based on (i) identification of environmental hazards, (ii) characterization of meteorological and oceanographic conditions, (iii) characterization of environmental risk scenarios, and (iv) assessment of environmental risk. The procedure has been tested by application to the Tarragona harbor. The results show that the method is capable of representing (i) specific local pollution cases (i.e., discriminating between products and quantities released by a discharge source), (ii) oceanographic and meteorological conditions (selecting a representative subset data), and (iii) potentially affected areas in probabilistic terms. Accordingly, it can inform the design of monitoring plans to study and control the environmental impact of these facilities, as well as the design of contingency plans.

 Fuente: Marine Pollution Bulletin Vol. 90, Issues 1–2, 15 January 2015, Pages 78–87

 Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Fecha de publicación: 15/01/2015

 Nº de páginas: 10

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.11.018

 ISSN: 0025-326X,1879-3363

 Proyecto español: BIA2012-34123

 Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.11.018