Satellite data for the offshore renewable energy sector: Synergies and innovation opportunities

Medina-Lopez, E., McMillan, D., Lazic, J., Hart, E., Zen, S., Angeloudis, A., Bannon, E., Browell, J., Dorling, S., Dorrell, R. M., Forster, R., Old, C., Payne, G. S., Porter, G., Rabaneda, A. S., Sellar, B., Tapoglou, E., Trifonova, N., Woodhouse, I. H. and Zampollo, A. (2021) Satellite data for the offshore renewable energy sector: Synergies and innovation opportunities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 264. ISSN 0034-4257

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Can satellite data be used to address challenges currently faced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) sector? What benefit can satellite observations bring to resource assessment and maintenance of ORE farms? Can satellite observations be used to assess the environmental impact of offshore renewables leading towards a more sustainable ORE sector? This review paper faces these questions presenting a holistic view of the current interactions between satellite and ORE sectors, and future needs to make this partnership grow. The aim of the work is to start the conversation between these sectors by establishing a common ground. We present offshore needs and satellite technology limitations, as well as potential opportunities and areas of growth. To better understand this, the reader is guided through the history, current developments, challenges and future of offshore wind, tidal and wave energy technologies. Then, an overview on satellite observations for ocean applications is given, covering types of instruments and how they are used to provide different metocean variables, satellite performance, and data processing and integration. Past, present and future satellite missions are also discussed. Finally, the paper focuses on innovation opportunities and the potential of synergies between the ORE and satellite sectors. Specifically, we pay attention to improvements that satellite observations could bring to standard measurement techniques: assessing uncertainty, wind, tidal and wave conditions forecast, as well as environmental monitoring from space. Satellite–enabled measurement of ocean physical processes and applications for fisheries, mammals and birds, and habitat change, are also discussed in depth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: offshore renewable energy (ore),sar,satellite data,sustainable ore sector,tidal,wave,wind,soil science,geology,computers in earth sciences,sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1111
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 00:44
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 12:44
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112588

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