Project title

FIELD_AC (Fluxes, Interactions and Environment at the Land-Ocean Boundary. Downscaling, Assimilation and Coupling)


Towards more targeted coastal marine forecasts.

Coastal zones are on the edge of land and ocean. Here rivers mix with salty waters. Here wind-waves approach the shore and become a dominant agent. These effects create special conditions that generate a need for more targeted regional marine forecasts. The project FIELD_AC takes on this forecasting challenge.

As fresh flood water mixes with the sea, large scale oceanographic models such as the GMES Marine Service
prove insufficient when predicting marine conditions in coastal zones. These effects, which hamper informed environmental decision making, generate a need for more targeted regional marine forecasts.


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.


coastal oceanographic predictions
land discharges
wind waves

  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Service Hydrographique et Oceanographique de la Marine, France
  • GKSS - Forschungszentrum Geesthacht Gmbh, Germany
  • Instytut Budownictwa Wodnego Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
  • Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • DHI, Denmark
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion, Spain

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