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Use of Genetic Algorithms and Computational Models in Planning of Oil Slick Combating Networks
G. Anagnostopoulou, K.L. Katsifarakis, and C. Koutitas

The combined use of mathematical models for the coastal circulation due to various prevailing forcings and for the evolution and fate of oil slicks generated along the typical routes of oil tankers, produces coastal pollution incidents, characterized by specific statistical properties and ecological impact, that are quantified in fiscal terms. The cost for the realization and operation of a number of coastal Stations for the mitigation of the oil slicks, in combination with the «environmental cost» of the oil slick, produce a complex objective function to be minimized. The genetic algorithm technique is used for the decision on the number and optimal location of the Stations. An application to Thermaikos bay, Greece, concludes the study.

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