Dr Michela De Dominicis

Marine Systems Modelling
+44 (0)151 795 4966

Research interests

My current research mainly focuses on the possible effects of the extraction of marine renewable energy on the physical environment. My work mostly involves setting up and running hydrodynamic models, both on structured (NEMO - Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean) and unstructured grids (FVCOM - Finite Volume Community Ocean Model). I am currently using an FVCOM model of the Scottish Shelf Waters to evaluate the near and far-field effects of very large scale tidal stream arrays.


Current projects

EcoWatt2050(EPSRC project) is focusing 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.



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. 21-38.10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.04.002