Large Scale Three-Dimensional Modelling for Wave and Tidal Energy Resource and Environmental Impact: Methodologies for Quantifying Acceptable Thresholds for Sustainable Exploitation

Journal Article

Title: Large Scale Three-Dimensional Modelling for Wave and Tidal Energy Resource and Environmental Impact: Methodologies for Quantifying Acceptable Thresholds for Sustainable Exploitation
Publication Date:
October 01, 2017
Journal: Ocean & Coastal Management
Volume: 147
Pages: 67-77
Publisher: Elsevier
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Gallego, A.; Side, J.; Baston, S.; Waldman, S.; Bell, M.; Davies, I.; Murray, R.; Heath, M.; Sabatino, A.; McKee, D.; McCraig, C.; Karunarathna, H.; Fairley, I.; Chatzirodou, A.; Venugopal, V.; Nemalidinne, R.; Yung, T.; Burrows, M. (2017). Large Scale Three-Dimensional Modelling for Wave and Tidal Energy Resource and Environmental Impact: Methodologies for Quantifying Acceptable Thresholds for Sustainable Exploitation. Ocean & Coastal Management, 147, 67-77.
Abstract: 
  • We describe a modelling project to estimate the potential effects of wave & tidal stream renewables on the marine environment.
  • Realistic generic devices to be used by those without access to the technical details available to developers are described.
  • Results show largely local sea bed effects at the level of the currently proposed renewables developments in our study area.
  • Large scale 3D modelling is critical to quantify the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of renewable energy extraction.
  • This is critical to comply with planning & environmental impact assessment regulations and achieve Good Environmental Status.
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