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Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 65, Issue 11, pp 1547–1565 | Cite as

The impact of sea surface currents in wave power potential modeling

  • George ZodiatisEmail author
  • George Galanis
  • George Kallos
  • Andreas Nikolaidis
  • Christina Kalogeri
  • Aristotelis Liakatas
  • Stavros Stylianou
Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Coastal Ocean Forecasting Science supported by the GODAE OceanView Coastal Oceans and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT)

Abstract

The impact of sea surface currents to the estimation and modeling of wave energy potential over an area of increased economic interest, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, is investigated in this work. High-resolution atmospheric, wave, and circulation models, the latter downscaled from the regional Mediterranean Forecasting System (MFS) of the Copernicus marine service (former MyOcean regional MFS system), are utilized towards this goal. The modeled data are analyzed by means of a variety of statistical tools measuring the potential changes not only in the main wave characteristics, but also in the general distribution of the wave energy and the wave parameters that mainly affect it, when using sea surface currents as a forcing to the wave models. The obtained results prove that the impact of the sea surface currents is quite significant in wave energy-related modeling, as well as temporally and spatially dependent. These facts are revealing the necessity of the utilization of the sea surface currents characteristics in renewable energy studies in conjunction with their meteo-ocean forecasting counterparts.

Keywords

Wave modeling Wave energy Sea surface currents Numerical meteo-ocean modeling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Zodiatis
    • 1
    Email author
  • George Galanis
    • 2
  • George Kallos
    • 3
  • Andreas Nikolaidis
    • 1
  • Christina Kalogeri
    • 3
  • Aristotelis Liakatas
    • 2
  • Stavros Stylianou
    • 1
  1. 1.Oceanography CentreUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Mathematical Modeling Group, Section of MathematicsHellenic Naval AcademyHatzikiriakionGreece
  3. 3.Department of Physics, Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting GroupUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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