Project Details

The Research and Technology Centre has been actively involved with the development of operational modelling systems for coastal zone management. Systems have been developed to support coastal planning and assist management of navigation, tackle pollution due to accidents and hasten response during adverse weather conditions.

In this project a Coastal Information System developed to the coastal areas of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is being adapted to the management of coastal cage aquaculture. The system provides hindcast and nowcast in quasi-real time and delivers short-term forecasts of water levels, current velocities and waves. It  integrates operational sensors used for in-situ observation of wind, water levels and waves with high-resolution, 3D models for simulation of flow and waves, a data base management system and a web interface for dissemination of information. The system uses open source software and has been designed to facilitate the integration of additional components.

The ability of the system in delivering data for the management of coastal aquaculture in the Red Sea is being verified.  Figure 1 shows the area covered by the system. In the vicinity of Jeddah, higher resolution models were developed. Domain decomposition is adopted to speed up simulations. In Fig. 2 water levels covering the entire Red Sea are shown. Figure 3 shows current velocities in the near vicinity of Jeddah. Investigations for existing fish farms in the vicinity of Jeddah are currently underway.

 

Figure 1 Domain

 

Figure 2: Red Sea and Jeddah Coastal Area with location of operational monitoring sites

 

Figure 3 currents
 
Figure 3: Predicted current velocities near Jeddah

Coordination

Prof. Dr. R. Mayerle
Research and Technology Centre Westcoast, University of Kiel, Germany (FTZ)

Dr. A. Al-Subhi
Department of Marine Physics, Faculty of Marine Sciences, King Abdulaziz University

Staff

MSc. Jose Manuel Fernandez Jaramillo (FTZ)
Dr. Gerd Bruss (FTZ)

Project Partners

Research and Technology Centre Westcoast, University of Kiel

Period

January 2014 to December 2016

Funding

Research and Technology Centre Westcoast, University of Kiel, Germany

Reports

FERY N, BRUSS G, AL-SUBHI A, MAYERLE R (2012): Numerical study of wind-generated waves in the Red Sea. In: Troch P, Stratigaki V, De Roo S (Eds), proceedings of the 4th Int. conference on the application of physical modelling to port and coastal protection, Ghent, Belgium 17-20. Sept. 2012, pp. 446-455

MAYERLE R & AL-SUBHI A (2012): The Jeddah Transect Project - Subproject 4: Development of a coastal monitoring system for the sustainable environmental planning of Jeddah coastline, Saudi Arabia. Interim report, 67 pp.

MAYERLE R & AL-SUBHI A (2013): The Jeddah Transect Project - Subproject 4: Development of a coastal monitoring system for the sustainable environmental planning of Jeddah coastline, Saudi Arabia. Final Report, 32 pp.