Implications of Tidal Energy Extraction on Sedimentary Processes within Shallow Intertidal Environments

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Danika van Proosdij, Saint Mary’s University and Dr. Ryan Mulligan, Queen’s University

Start Date: September 2011

End Date: April 2014

This project assesses the implications of tidal energy extraction on sedimentary processes within shallow intertidal ecosystems.  The research team uses the data to validate a hydrodynamic ocean model (with sediment transport, erosion and deposition) using Delft3D and a high resolution grid of the Cornwallis estuary at Queen’s University and the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport Research Lab (In-CoaST) at Saint Mary’s University.  The difference in energy between spring and neap tides is used as a proxy for energy extraction from TISEC devices.

Reports

Implications of Tidal Energy Extraction on Sedimentary Processes within Shallow Intertidal Environments – Final Report [PDF]