Dr Michela De Dominicis

Marine Systems Modelling
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Dr. Michela De Dominicis is a Researcher in the Marine System Modelling group. She is a physical oceanographer with expertise in marine numerical modelling (hydrodynamic, wave and Lagrangian models). Her work has application for ocean renewable energy, marine pollution and coastal hazards. Her recent research focused on the evaluation of potential impacts of very large tidal stream arrays and climate change on marine hydrodynamics, as part of the EcoWatt2050 (2015-2017) project. She is now contributing to the SUCCESS (2017) project, studying the impacts of plausible extreme coastal surge and wave events.

Recent projects:

EcoWatt2050 (EPSRC project) focused on the mix of technologies, the locations and configurations of very large scale offshore renewable energy arrays, that might be deployed in the Scottish Waters, in order to determine ways in which marine spatial planning and policy development can enable the maximum level of marine energy extraction, while minimizing environmental impacts.

Michela's research mainly focused on the multi-scale ocean response to tidal stream energy extraction by large theoretical arrays in Scottish Waters (UK). The Scottish Shelf Model, an unstructured grid three-dimensional FVCOM (Finite Volume Community Ocean Model) implementation, has been used to reproduce the hydrodynamic conditions representative of present and projected future climate in 2050. Four scenarios have been modelled: present and future climate conditions with and without the possible very large scale tidal stream array layouts. This allowed to evaluate the potential effect of climate change on the hydrodynamics and compare it with the present and the future state of the seas modified by large scale energy extraction.




De Dominicis, M.; O'Hara Murray, R.; Wolf, J.. 2017 Multi-scale ocean response to a large tidal stream turbine array. Renewable Energy, 114 (B). 1160-1179.10.1016/j.renene.2017.07.058
Sadykova, Dinara; Scott, Beth E.; De Dominicis, Michela; Wakelin, Sarah L.; Sadykov, Alexander; Wolf, Judith. 2017 Bayesian joint models with INLA exploring marine mobile predator-prey and competitor species habitat overlap. Ecology and Evolution, 7 (14). 5212-5226.10.1002/ece3.3081
Liubartseva, Svitlana; Coppini, Giovanni; Pinardi, Nadia; De Dominicis, Michela; Lecci, Rita; Turrisi, Giuseppe; Cretì, Sergio; Martinelli, Sara; Agostini, Paola; Marra, Palmalisa; Palermo, Francesco. 2016 Decision support system for emergency management of oil spill accidents in the Mediterranean Sea. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16 (8). 2009-2020.10.5194/nhess-16-2009-2016
Ribotti, A.; De Dominicis, M.. 2016 Physical, chemical and biological observations and modeling of oil spills in the Mediterranean Sea [Editorial]. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 133. 1-3.10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.08.003
Zodiatis, G.; De Dominicis, M.; Perivoliotis, L.; Radhakrishnan, H.; Georgoudis, E.; Sotillo, M.; Lardner, R.W.; Krokos, G.; Bruciaferri, D.; Clementi, E.; Guarnieri, A.; Ribotti, A.; Drago, A.; Bourma, E.; Padorno, E.; Daniel, P.; Gonzalez, G.; Chazot, C.; Gouriou, V.; Kremer, X.; Sofianos, S.; Tintore, J.; Garreau, P.; Pinardi, N.; Coppini, G.; Lecci, R.; Pisano, A.; Sorgente, R.; Fazioli, L.; Soloviev, D.; Stylianou, S.; Nikolaidis, A.; Panayidou, X.; Karaolia, A.; Gauci, A.; Marcati, A.; Caiazzo, L.; Mancini, M.. 2016 The Mediterranean Decision Support System for Marine Safety dedicated to oil slicks predictions. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 133. 4-20.10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.07.014
Sorgente, R.; Tedesco, C.; Pessini, F.; De Dominicis, M.; Gerin, R.; Olita, A.; Fazioli, L.; Di Maio, A.; Ribotti, A.. 2016 Forecast of drifter trajectories using a Rapid Environmental Assessment based on CTD observations. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 133. 39-53.10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.06.020
Pisano, A.; De Dominicis, M.; Biamino, W.; Bignami, F.; Gherardi, S.; Colao, F.; Coppini, G.; Marullo, S.; Sprovieri, M.; Trivero, P.; Zambianchi, E.; Santoleri, R.. 2016 An oceanographic survey for oil spill monitoring and model forecasting validation using remote sensing and in situ data in the Mediterranean Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 133. 132-145.10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.02.013
De Dominicis, M.; Bruciaferri, D.; Gerin, R.; Pinardi, N.; Poulain, P.M.; Garreau, P.; Zodiatis, G.; Perivoliotis, L.; Fazioli, L.; Sorgente, R.; Manganiello, C.. 2016 A multi-model assessment of the impact of currents, waves and wind in modelling surface drifters and oil spill. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 133. 21-38.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.04.002

Conference item

Scott, B. E.; Sadykova, D.; Sadykova, A.; De Dominicis, Michela; Wakelin, Sarah; Wolf, Judith. 2017 Local vs Global: How to assess the ecological cost and benefits of large scale renewables? In: OCEANS 2017, Aberdeen, 19-22 June 2017. 1-2.
De Dominicis, Michela; Murray, Rory O'Hara; Wolf, Judith. 2017 Extracting energy from tidal currents: The ocean response at multiple space and time scales. In: OCEANS 2017, Aberdeen, 19-22 June 2017. 1-7.