Oil spill modelling using flexible mesh

This two-day course teaches you the fundamentals of 2D/3D oil spill modelling using flexible mesh and how to set up and model the fate and transport of oil using the MIKE 21/3 Oil Spill model (OS) FM. 

Oil spills pose serious threats to water environments and place massive pressure on the entities that are responsible for the emergency response and clean-up operations, such as oil companies and national authorities. 

The Oil Spill module simulates the spreading and weathering of suspended substances using a dedicated oil spill template. Oil spill modelling is important for emergency response planning and environmental impact assessment. Oil spill models predict the spreading and weathering processes acting on the spilled oil. Results can be evaluated with respect to the impacts on flora, fauna and selected species or habitats.


  • Theoretical background for MIKE 21/3 OS FM
  • Application areas of MIKE 21/3 OS FM
  • Basic concepts of oil spills
  • Advantages in modelling oil spill
  • Main properties of oils
  • Weathering processes
  • Hydrodynamics, effects of currents, winds, waves and water properties
  • Numerical modelling of oil dispersion
  • How to set up an oil spill model using MIKE 21/3 OS FM
  • Interpretation of results and visualization
  • Guidelines on when to use 2D or 3D modelling
  • Hands-on exercises


Professionals in hydraulic engineering and management working with coastal areas and or marine environments. Experience with hydrodynamic modelling (MIKE 21 Flow Model FM or MIKE 3 Flow Model FM) is essential. Pollutant/dispersion modelling (eg using MIKE ECO Lab) is an advantage but not a condition.