This volume offers a review of oil inputs to the Mediterranean Sea from sources such as shipping, and offshore exploration and exploitation activities. It discusses international measures to prepare for, respond to, and prevent oil pollution incidents, as well as the international legal framework and agencies with a role in pollution prevention and responses. It includes chapters on modeling the fate of oil pollution, oil spill response, and oil spill beaching probability, and presents data from a range of sources, including historic data on shipping accidents and oil exploration and exploitation activities, satellite and remote sensing data, and numerical modelling data, to provide an overview of oil pollution over several years. Topics covered include modelling of oil slicks in the eastern and western Mediterranean basins, oil exploration and exploitation activities in the waters of the Levantine Basin (Eastern Mediterranean), and signatures to and ratification of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, for example.
Together with the companion volume Oil Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea: Part II - National Case Studies, it addresses both national and international measures in the region, making it of relevance to the agencies and government bodies tasked with remediating or preventing oil pollution, as well as policymakers and practitioners in the fields of shipping, ports and terminals, oil extraction and marine management. It provides researchers with essential reference material on tools and techniques for monitoring oil pollution, and serves as a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of marine oil pollution.
Introduction to Part I: The International Context.- History, Sources and Volumes of Oil Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.- Shipping and Oil Transportation in the Mediterranean Sea.- Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in the Mediterranean Sea.- Oil Spill Intervention in the Mediterranean Sea.- The International Maritime Organization and Oil Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.- The Barcelona Convention and its Role in Oil Pollution Prevention in the Mediterranean Sea.- The Role of REMPEC in the Prevention of and Response to Pollution from Ships in the Mediterranean Sea.- European Maritime Safety Agency Activities in the Mediterranean Sea.- Numerical Modeling of Oil Pollution in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.- Numerical Modeling of Oil Pollution in the Western Mediterranean Sea.- Projects on Oil Spill Response in the Mediterranean Sea.- Oil Spill Beaching Probability for the Mediterranean Sea.- Conclusions for Part I: The International Context.