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SMCos: coastal forecasting and monitoring system


This project has the principal objective of studying, by means of numerical models, physical processes which act in the short, medium and long term on the evolution of the following coastal regions: 1) Massaguaçu; 2) Pecém; 3) Center-north coast of Santa Catarina; 4) Bay of Espírito Santo; 5) Center-south coast of Rio de Janeiro; 6) Amazon Estuary; and 7) Miraflores (Lima, Peru). To do this, we propose to develop a system, called SMCos – System for the Monitoring and Study of Coastal Processes -, consisting of numerical models in the public domain: atmospheric (WRF); hydrodynamic (POM); maritime agitation (WWATCH and SWAN); and transport of sediments (ECOMSED and MOHID). The principal questions and objectives dealt with in this project are: 1) to characterize the wave patterns with identification with meteorological phenomena; 2) to evaluate the effect of the local features in the regime of incident wave; 3) to evaluate the changes in the pattern of waves and transport of sediments due to human interference (engineering works); 4) to validate, compare and analyze critically the results of the models; 5) to evaluate the effect of the EI Niño phenomenon on the wave regime; and 6) to study in detail cases of severe storms. The SMCos, in addition to permitting the study of the pattern of maritime agitation and of the currents in the regions mentioned, will be useful to study how local conditions, natural or due to human interference, affect the properties of factors responsible for the transport of sediments. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant:
Sistema aprimora monitoramento das ondas na costa brasileira 
System improves monitoring of waves on Brazilian coast 

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
INNOCENTINI, VALDIR; CAETANO, ERNESTO; CARVALHO, JONAS TAKEO. A Procedure for Operational Use of Wave Hindcasts to Identify Landfall of Heavy Swell. WEATHER AND FORECASTING, v. 29, n. 2, p. 349-365, APR 2014. Web of Science Citations: 5.
INNOCENTINI, VALDR; GONCALVES, JURY ANGELO. The Impact of Spume Droplets and Wave Stress Parameterizations on Simulated Near-Surface Maritime Wind and Temperature. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY, v. 40, n. 6, p. 1373-1389, JUN 2010. Web of Science Citations: 5.
MARTINS, CRISTINA CELIA; DE MAHIQUESH, MICHEL MICHAELOVITCH; ALVEIRINHO DIAS, JOAO MANUEL. Daily morphological changes determined by high-energy events on an embayed beach: a qualitative model. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, v. 35, n. 4, p. 487-495, MAR 30 2010. Web of Science Citations: 11.

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