Ocean waves: Energy resource assessment

M. T. Pontes, L. Cavaleri, Denis Mollison

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The aim of this paper is to provide a general view of wave energy resource assessment. First, a review of the origin of waves and the transformation they undergo as they propagate towards the coast through waters of decreasing depth is presented. Following this, the wave and wave-energy parameters and the statistics required for resource characterization are described. The various types of wave data and their usefulness for the present purposes are summarised. A common methodology for assessment of the wave energy resource is developed. Finally, a general description of the global open ocean resource is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-51
Number of pages10
JournalMarine Technology Society Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


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