|Launched in October 2011 this project involved Black & Veatch, in collaboration with HR Wallingford and the University of Edinburgh to develop a model of the UK Continental Shelf and North European Waters, 100 times more accurate than existing marine data. This has been used to assess the tidal energy potential around the UK (tidal range and tidal streams), to inform the design of energy harnessing schemes, to assess their interactions, and to evaluate their impact on European coasts. It can also be used to renew and inform flood defences, coastal erosion and aggregate extraction. Now completed, the project has been launched to market under the brand of SMARTtide. This is available to the marine industry under licence from HR Wallingford.
This deliverable is number 2 of 10 in the Tidal Modelling project and captures the requirements for two Continental Shelf hydrodynamicsmodels (CSM). The report describes the technical specifications, assumptions, requirements and exploitation of both the Coarse- and Detailed-resolution versions of the CSM (CCSM and DCSM respectively). The technical specifications are primarily intended for model developers, whereas the description of the assumptions, requirements and exploitation of the CSM are intended to inform potential users. Section 5 of the report summarises the principal features and constraints of the models