Lakes - Reservoirs - Rivers - Estuaries - Coastal - Open Ocean


Radiological Case Study

Operation Tomodachi

SHARC was the waterborne hazard model of record during Operation Tomodachi (US Armed Forces assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 tsunami). During the operation SHARC provided twice daily forecasts of the fate and transport of radiological material with coastal and offshore waters. These forecasts provided valuable assistance to the US 7th Fleet and Japanese response organizations.


Chemical Case Study

Houston Harbor Ship Collision

In March of 2015, a chemical tanker colided with a bulk carrier. The collision caused 216,000 barrels of the gasoline additive MTBE to spill into the Houston Shipping Channel prompting its closure. SHARC was applied to this event to assist in the determination of the extent of the spill and when the channel would be reopened.

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Oil Spill Case Study

Ex-USS Prinz Eugene Salvage Planning

After WWII, the Prinz Eugen, a former heavy cruiser for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarinewas, was transferred to the U. S. Navy as a war prize from the British Royal Navy. In 1946, it was loaded with oil and cargo and used to test its survivability during the famous Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Although it survived the initial blast, the ship sank a few months later with 2,767 metric tons of oil still in its tanks. SHARC was used to study the potential impact of a catastrophic release of the oil, the results of which were leveraged for the planning of the salvage operations.