Sources of contamination and modelled pollutant trajectories in a Mediterranean harbour (Tarragona, Spain)
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The proximity of commercial harbours to residential areas and the growing environmental awareness of society have led most port authorities to include environmental management within their administration plan. Regarding water quality, it is necessary to have the capacity and tools to deal with contamination episodes that may damage marine ecosystems and human health, but also affect the normal functioning of harbours. This paper presents a description of the main pollutant sources in Tarragona Harbour (Spain), and a numerical analysis of several pollution episodes based on the Port Authority’s actual environmental concerns. The results show that pollution generated inside the harbour tends to remain confined within the port, whereas it is very likely that oil spills from a nearby monobuoy may affect the neighbouring beaches. The present combination of numerical models proves itself a useful tool to assess the environmental risk associated to harbour activities and potential pollution spills.
CitationMestres, M. [et al.]. Sources of contamination and modelled pollutant trajectories in a Mediterranean harbour (Tarragona, Spain). "Marine pollution bulletin", Juny 2010, vol. 60, núm. 6, p. 898-907.
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