In the 1990s Dr D Moore, who has extensive experience in fluid dynamics,
worked with collaborators at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on
parallelising an ocean modelling code. This resulted in the Navy Layered
Ocean Model (NLOM) and later the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM).
NLOM and HYCOM, which were/are distributed through the NRL and HYCOM
consortium, are open access ocean modelling codes that are used to
forecast ocean currents. They have proved particularly impactful for the
forecasting of ocean oil spills and the corresponding management of the
environmental risk. NLOM and/or HYCOM have been used extensively in the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 as well as the Montara Well Release
oil spill in Australia in 2009, providing valuable forecasts to assist
with the response to the disasters.