Home research Research Themes Energy Resource Assessment

Resource Assessment

University of the Highlands and Island’s researchers are experts in making oceanographic measurements in challenging high energy environments. Our measurements can be used to validate in-house numerical models at varying levels of resolution as and well as provide essential metocean data for marine renewable energy installations.

  • Tidal resource assessment 
  • Wave climate assessment
  • Device-environment interaction (e.g. turbulence and array effects) 
  • Weather windowing
  • Wave forecasting 
  • Sensor deployment
  • Historic and natural environment assessment

Lews Castle College UHI

Wave energy resource assessment; data acquisition; wave forecasting; sensor deployment in one of the most energetic areas of coastline in western Europe. Development of wave resource datasets for developers; characterisation of wave spectra and the development of analytical and computational models.

Environmental Research Institute

Physical oceanography/modelling including tidal resource assessment and wave climate assessment; modelling turbulence and
array effects; climatology including weather windowing; wave-current interactions; and tidal current, wave, and offshore wind.

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Historic environment resource and impact assessment; marine and terrestrial geophysical survey; laser scanning; landscape survey and GIS, peat, palaeoenvironment and past climate change; energy developments and the historic environment; marine spatial planning.

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Physical oceanography and modelling across a variety of scales from tidal channels to continental shelves. SAMS specialises in robotic and autonomous sensing technology, and is home to the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, which supports cutting-edge research programmes in the UK and internationally, in addition to providing valuable MetOcean survey, monitoring, and model validation services.