El XIII International Symposium on Oceanography of the Bay of Biscay (ISOBAY13) se ha llevado a cabo en Santander del 11 al 13 de abril de 2012. El objetivo de este simposio es presentar los trabajos científicos realizados en el Golfo de Vizcaya entre una amplia gamas de temas, desde la geología y oceanografía física hasta el funcionamiento de los ecosistemas y la pesca. En última instancia, el objetivo es favorecer el debate entre científicos de diferentes disciplinas y fomentar nuevas investigaciones multidisciplinares en las zonas costeras y la plataforma continental del Golfo de Vizcaya.

El Comité Científico del simposio ISOBAY 13 ha decidido dar el primer premio a la mejor Comunicación Oral a Elvira Ramos de IH Cantabria (UC) por la presentación del estudio "ECOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION OF ROCKY SHORES AT A REGIONAL SCALE BASED ON COASTAL PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES", cuyos coautores son Araceli Puente, Profesora Contratada de la UC e investigadora de IH Cantabria, y Jose Antonio Juanes, profesor de la UC y Subdirector de Formación de IH Cantabria.

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Guanche, R., Vidal, C., Gomez, V.,
Numerical analysis and performance optimization of a submerged wave energy device. Ocean Engineering.
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IH Cantabria intensively studies urban and industrial waste effluents in aquatic environments and its effects on them. This research focuses on the analysis of contaminant processes in the receiving environment, the development of methodologies to study the behavior of discharges, assessing their effects and their environmental mitigation, as well as the development of numerical tools that integrate the complexity inherent to the study of the behavior of pollutants in aquatic systems.

Among the polluting processes addressed in recent years are those related to fecal pollution, organic pollution caused by the nutrient supply or due to the introduction of suspended solids into the water system.

In order to respond to the new challenges posed by environmental legislation regarding chemical pollution of water, IH Cantabria has developed a numerical tool that enables studying the behavior  of priority substances and pollutants included in the 2008/105/CEE Directive in the receiving environment. Based on this tool, IH Cantabria has developed a methodology for establishing environmental mixing zones for industrial effluent discharges.

IH Cantabria develops methodologies and numerical models to help fight oil pollution in the marine environment, both operationally and in response to a spill. Scientific developments in this field have led to participation in research projects, such as ESEOO (www.eseoo.org)"Establishment of an operational oceanographic Spanish system (VEM2003-C14-03), in which IH Cantabria developed operational forecasting system and transport of hydrocarbons THESEUS. Currently, we are working on two research projects related to this topic PLVMA  project (TRA2011-28900, National Plan, 2012-2014) and  SPRES project (INTERREG Atlantic Area, 2012-2014).
Amongst IH Cantabria main fields of research in this field, we can highlight the numerical modeling of the transport and degradation of oil based products, the application of stochastic models to forecast and hindcast (backtracking) of trajectories, the hybrid application of downscaling techniques (statistical and dynamic) for the development of high-resolution operational systems, operational and probabilistic prediction of the evolution of a sea based spills medium-long term, the development of methodologies to assess the risk of contamination when faced with an oil spill.

IH Cantabria is developing innovative research to unravel the functioning of estuaries over short and long temporal scales. To achieve this aim we are testing the ability of numerical models to reproduce a series of test cases dealing with both hydrodynamics and morphodynamics. With respect to hydrodynamics we are currently assessing the validity of different "wet and dry" schemes, and the morphological implications of using depth-averaged or 3D algorithms also in the presence of vegetation (in collaboration with Ghen University, Belgium). With respect to morphodynamics we are reproducing laboratory experiments of tidal channel development under controlled conditions. Once hydro- and morphodynamics have been validated we will explore bio-geomorphic interactions and the effect of climate change on the long-term evolution of estuarine systems.

IH Cantabria has spent years researching in order to advance the development of techniques for their application in operational oceanography. Specifically, the research carried out at IH Cantabria aims to develop high-resolution numerical modeling both temporal and spatial as well as oceanographic data analysis. To do this, our researchers iare investigating techniques nesting and coupling models, boundary conditions and  both dynamic and statistical downscaling.
One of the results of research in this field is the system developed with funding through the OPROMSNational Plan (Project ESEEO) and the Government of Cantabria.

grafico15Establishment of a Spanish operational oceanographic system. ESEOO (2004-2007)

Is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology which aims to promote operational oceanography in the national and, more specifically, services capable of providing answers to emergency situations at sea, such as object tracking discharges and the drift. Involving more than 14 Spanish institutions, highlighting the Maritime Rescue Society for being a end user of the products of the project.

As part of this project, IH Cantabria has developed a series of numerical modeling based services:

  • OPROMS operating system, which  provides daily high resolution predictions of sea level, currents, temperature and salinity for the coast of Cantabria and
  • the transport and fuel degradation model TESEO, which predicts the path and behavior of spills or drifting objects.
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Dentro de las líneas de especialización del IH Cantabria, una de las más destacadas es el análisis del clima marítimo, campo en el que es un referente tanto a nivel nacional, como internacional. El IH Cantabria es uno de los precursores de la introducción de nuevas técnicas matemático-estadísticas de análisis de clima marítimo, incluyendo datos tanto instrumentales como de reanálisis numérico. Entre las cuales se proporcionan métodos para combinar información heterogénea (instrumental versus numérica) en el análisis del clima marítimo dentro de las distintas etapas de cualquier estudio y/o diseño marítimo. Tanto a nivel de régimen medio, como de régimen extremal.

El IH Cantabria ha participado en los últimos años en multitud de proyectos, de índole pública y privada, de análisis del clima marítimo para diversas aplicaciones. Y constituye un gran aliado para realización y mejora de cualquier estudio de clima marítimo.

Algunos proyectos relevantes:

- Propuesta de trabajos para el análisis del clima marítimo en el Mar del Norte

FECHAS: 2012climaM01
CLIENTE: REPSOL
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Caracterización del clima marítimo en una región dell Mar del Norte, en la costa este de Escocia.


- Análisis del clima marítimo en la Biscay Marine Energy Platform (Bimep)

FECHAS: 2011-2013ClimaM003
CLIENTE: Acciona (Proyecto CENIT denominado AZIMUT)
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Caracterización del clima marítimo en la ubicación en la que Acciona instalará, inicialmente, una torre meteorológica frente a la costa de Armintza (Vizcaya) y, posteriormente, una plataforma flotante con un aerogenerador en su coronación.


-Caracterización Climática del Medio Físico Marino Español para la Optimización de la Explotación Portuaria y Navegación Marítima (Maruca)

FECHAS: 2009-2012ClimaM06
CLIENTE: Programa Acción Estratégica de energía y cambio climático. Subprograma nacional: Movilidad sostenible y cambio modal en el transporte (Ministerio de Fomento)
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Generación de bases de datos de reanálisis de dinámica marina en todos los Puertos de interés general, y caracterización estadística de toda la información.


- Atlas del potencial energético marino de España (ENOLA)

FECHAS: 2010-2012ClimaM007
CLIENTE: Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de Energía (IDAE, Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo)
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Atlas del potencial energético marino de España en el que se muestra, a través de un visor WEB, el potencial energético por el oleaje en más de 1000 puntos a lo largo de la costa peninsular, de las Baleares y de las Canarias, a 20, 50 y 100 metros de calado y en profundidades indefinidas. Está pensado para facilitar la explotación de las energías del mar.

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