Plan, prevent and prepare

Quantify and visualise the risks and potential impact of an oil spill on the environment using this dynamic module to model and predict the movement, transformation and weathering of spilled and dissolved oil for planning and emergency response.

Why MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill

Simulate the movement of oil on the surface and in the water column

The spreading of oil in the marine environment depends primarily on MetOcean conditions. Therefore, MIKE ‘s state-of-the-art 2D and 3D flexible mesh hydrodynamic models are fully integrated with MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill (OS) and include wind, wave and current data for greater accuracy. Calculate surface layer drift and the evaporation process to better understand the vertical dispersion of oil or even simulate oil drifting in ice-infested waters.

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Watch how MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill simulates the spreading and concentration of spilled oil from a sunken container ship.
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See how MIKE 21/3 OS can be used to investigate a sub-surface oil and gas spill

Access the most complete array of described processes

In addition to high-quality hydrodynamic modelling, MIKE 21/3 OS includes all relevant processes for simulating oil spills at sea. This allows users to model processes with oil on the sea surface (i.e. spreading and evaporation), oil in the water column (i.e. dissolution and biodegradation), gas (i.e. seabed blowout and decomposition of hydrates) as well as mitigation measures.

Clean up using dynamic booms and skimmers, disperants and in-situ burning

Model the effects of using dynamic booms and skimmers, dispersants and burning of the spilled oil in detail. This is useful for contingency planning to assess the realistic possibilities for clean-up during a spill and to optimise emergency procedures.

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Visualise mobile booms and their impact on your simulation through MIKE Animator Plus

Processes acting on spilled oil included in MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill

Understand the movement of dissolved oil independently of non-dissolved oil

Traditionally, oil spill models only consider oil encountered on the water surface and moved by the combination of surface currents and winds. However, a part of the oil is dispersed to smaller droplets that in practice move like dissolved matter, depending on the current conditions at a certain depth. While ignored in traditional oil spill modelling, dissolved oil is treated in MIKE 21/3 OS by employing the MIKE 21/3 Transport (TR) module.

MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill provides critical information for these industries

Emergency Response

Forecast the trajectory of an oil slick and its properties under forecasted MetOcean conditions with GlobalSEA Oil Spill, based on MIKE 21/3 OS.

Oil & Gas

Perform the most comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments to mitigate risk and help ensure regulatory compliance.

No in-house modellers?

DHI’s oil spill modelling experts will work with you to create a custom model and collaborate on potential solutions derived from your model results.

Hear how MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill supports these clients

"CDL has had a long history of working with DHI in meeting our needs for numerical modelling for various aspects of environmental and engineering studies. As such, when the need arose to improve on the hydrodynamic data to be used as part of our environmental work we sought the advice of DHI in developing a robust and accurate flow model for the region.”

Nazeer Gopaul, Director, Coastal Dynamics Limited

Additional capabilities & unique features

With MIKE 21/3 OS, you can create 2D or 3D maps containing the instantaneous value (as mass area concentration of volume concentration) or the statistical value (min, mean, max, time average or cell average) of all oil parameters. This includes:

      • total mass excluding water
      • oil slick thickness (2D only)
      • amount stranded including and excluding water (2D only)
      • time of the first arrival (2D only)

Please note: 3D map creation is available when running the Oil Spill Module in a 3D domain

The different types of oil are characterised through several key parameters including e.g. density, viscosity, pour point and maximum water content. Additionally, the oil is divided into four fractions: heavy fraction, volatile fraction, wax and asphaltene which are also described through key parameters and weathering constants.

With the help of the MIKE Oil Spill toolbox, it is possible to reverse 2D and 3D flow fields to investigate sources of pollution and/or debris.

Create impressive 2D or 3D visualisations of oil spill tracks to better communicate results or plot them directly into Google Earth for integrated track and timeseries visualisation.

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Request a free trial of MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill or ask us for more details on how your project can benefit from this advanced oil spill modelling and simulation technology.