Marine renewable energy covers a range of technologies from the harnessing of the tides, waves and wind, to OTEC (utilising the thermal energy gradient in the surface of the deep ocean) and marine biomass. Wind and waves are an intermittent resource, depending on the weather. The UK has already deployed the largest capacity of offshore wind turbines in the world. Tidal energy is also variable but is predictable into the future, if we don’t affect the geometry of the coastline and coastal seas too drastically. It has been estimated that by 2050 Europe could source up to 50% of its electricity needs from Marine Renewable Energy and the UK is particularly well-placed with large resources of wind, wave and tidal energy. In the Marine Systems Modelling Group at the National Oceanography Centre we specialise in developing global, regional and local scale models of ocean dynamics. The regional (NW European continental shelf) and local scale models have allowed us to make predictions of the energy resource and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy devices (MREDs) especially for tides, waves and wind.
Judith has worked for the Natural Environment Research Council since 1976, originally at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (Bidston), latterly known as the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, which became part of the National Oceanography Centre in 2010. She has interests in coupled wave-tide-surge modelling, coastal impacts of climate change and tidal energy. In 1991 she sailed to Trinidad with her family and worked for the Institute of Marine Affairs for two and a half years, employed by the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Consultant Physical Oceanographer, training local staff. During the 1990’s she worked part-time while raising her family. She is presently leading the NOC’s Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team, which promotes the careers of women in STEMM subjects.
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