Socio-economical impacts of ship-routing will be analysed and a prototype system of weather-routing based on a chain of mesoscale meteorological and sea-state models will be planned.
The project is articulated over a number of key tasks addressing the following points:
Mapping of existing knowledge and experiences relevant to weather-routing in the Mediterranean ;
Use of wind and sea state climatologies to build the basis for weather-routing in the region through a combined probabilistic and deterministic approach;
Use of a suite of high resolution models to forecast meteo-marine conditions down to the mesoscale level;
Assessment of the system through test cases in straits and islands, especially in areas that act as nodal points for shipping in the Mediterranean ;
Establishment of an experimental system for weather-routing;
Cost analysis and feasibility assessment of the system.