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CMEMS Data Use Cases : from Chilean aquaculture to yacht hunting!

Copernicus Marine Service
05/12/2017

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), operated by Mercator Océan, daily provides a wealth of data - both physical and biogeochemical - on the state of the oceans. This precious information offers an unprecedented capability to observe, understand and anticipate marine environment events, in support to all marine applications.

 

Given the huge diversity of data available, its potential applications are indeed numerous and the type of users that can benefit from it quite diverse - as illustrated by the two use cases presented below.

 

 

With about 80,000 km of coastline, the Chilean economy partly relies on the wise use of its fragile coastal ecosystem and the consideration of their changing environmental patterns.

 

In this context, the Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP) has initiated a programme for the implementation of an operational system (called MOSA), whose main objective is to generate forecasts of oceanographic variables in the fjord and canal area of southern Chile. In this area aquaculture plays an important social and economic role, but lacks adequate environmental management.

 

Every day, both boundary and initial conditions of mass and velocity fields are downloaded from the Mercator Océan model and then downscaled to MOSA´s specific resolution, with the aim to support aquaculture/fisheries and sustainable practices.

 

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As a good example of how diverse CMEMS applications and users can be, at the end of October 2017, Copernicus datasets were also used by an insurance company to find a sailing yacht lost off Spain’s Cape Finistere.

 

The ‘Jolly Rogers’ was abandoned on the 5th of October by its skipper, who was airlifted after an activation of his distress beacon. The yacht was then considered as lost until it was seen October 20th.

 

The insurance company therefore contacted a New Zealander oceanographic consultancy to find out how to identify the drift of the boat over several days, using the last known location of the yacht.

 

Thanks to CMEMS wind and currents datasets, the company hindcasted the drift trajectory of the boat and were able to locate the boat within a 2-mile error.

 

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