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What does RP mean?

RP stands for “Release Point”. In the IT-OSRA method we address the widest range of spill scenarios occurred off the coastline of interest and the simulated spills are originated at the pre-set RPs. In order to get more information on how the RPs were defined (especially the distance between two neighboring RPs), check Sepp Neves et al., 2017.

What is the unit of measure of the Oil Spill Hazard maps?

In GLAMOR we opted for employing the average concentration (in tonnes of oil per km of coast) found on the coast as a proxy of the oil spill hazard. The average (and standard deviation) is computed assuming a Weibull distribution using the outputs of the available simulations and, once again, further information can be found in Sepp Neves et al., 2017.

How were the ensemble members defined?

The ensemble members configuration was based on the available literature, trying to cover the uncertainties typically observed in oil spill events (see Sepp Neves et al., 2015 and 2016).

Can I use the GLAMOR results to have a reliable estimate of the hazard at my beach?

No. GLAMOR was thought and executed focused on giving a general picture of the oil spill hazard in the Atlantic basin. We should always bear in mind that the ocean fields used have a 1/12 deg resolution and do not fully reproduce the circulation close to the shore.