Dr Michela De Dominicis
My current research mainly focuses on the possible effects of the extraction of marine renewable energy on the physical environment. My work mostly involves setting up and running hydrodynamic models, both on structured (NEMO - Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean) and unstructured grids (FVCOM - Finite Volume Community Ocean Model). I am currently using an FVCOM model of the Scottish Shelf Waters to evaluate the near and far-field effects of very large scale tidal stream arrays.
EcoWatt2050(EPSRC project) is focusing on the mix of technologies, the locations and configurations of very large scale offshore renewable energy arrays, that might be deployed in the Scottish Waters, in order to determine ways in which marine spatial planning and policy development can enable the maximum level of marine energy extraction, while minimizing environmental impacts.