A short-term forecasting service line for the coastal zone
iFOS aspires to offer a satellite-assisted, short-term forecasting service for the most relevant environmental parameters of the coastal zone including daily concentration maps of key water quality parameters (e.g. temperature, chlorophyll-a, turbidity) up to 1 week ahead.
The forecasting service line will be powered by a third-generation wave model (SWAN) coupled with a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model (Delft3D FLOW) and a data-driven water quality model of the coastal environment.
The modelling chain will communicate dynamically with other meteorological and large-scale ocean modelling forecasting systems (e.g. Copernicus Marine Services), in order to obtain real-time information for updating the boundary conditions of the study area.
Finally, advanced data assimilation techniques will be used for operational assimilation of EO-based water-quality products obtained from Sentinel and Landsat to improve the predictive power of forecasts.