NASCUM

NASCUM project (North Adriatic Surface Current Mapping) is co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IIIA Adriatic Cross Border and it is coordinated by CORILA.

NASCUM aims to monitor the sea surface currents off the coasts of the Istrian peninsula and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions in the Northern Adriatic Sea using shore-based High- Frequency (HF) radars for a one-year period, from 2007 to 2008. The final objective is the mapping of sea surface currents in the area, making the gathered information available to potential users in real time.

Main objectives of the Project are:

- Characterization of the surface circulation of the North Adriatic, and in some sub-regional zones considered to be at high risk of erosion or pollution;

- Production of vector maps of surface marine currents on which to define intervention procedures for limiting damage caused by environmental accidents due to oil spills;

- Continuous monitoring of the circulation of the northern Adriatic as a tool for maritime rescue operations.

These objectives can be achieved by measurements of sea surface currents by HF radars and comparison of data with existing measuring systems in entire marine region (oceanographic buoys, coastal stations, autonomous current-meters, drifters, research cruises, remote sensing, etc). Moreover, measurements by HF radar represent the unique method of continuous monitoring of sea surface currents, operative in real time and in all meteorological conditions.