The FIELD_AC project aims at providing an improved operational service for coastal areas. Through the introduction of more comprehensive land boundary conditions, driving factors and their interactions, the project will advance the state of art (e.g. 3D salt-wedge dynamics or wave-current 3D couplings) and provide higher accuracy and robustness at beach/harbour scale. The project aims at developing such computations within four “geometrically” restricted domains which cover a representative set of oceanographic conditions in terms of tide, wave, and energy.
By means of enhanced use of in-situ data collected in the coastal areas and remote observation data from satellites, FIELD_AC seeks to bridge the gap from shelf predictions to small scale local simulations of river mouth and beach-scale conditions.
In doing so, the project not only provides enhanced information on environmental conditions in these areas, it also adds value to large scale oceanographic models developed by the GMES Marine Service, casting light on the complex interplay between the waters of lands and seas.