Assessing offshore wind power production in British Columbia Offshore wind power is a clean, renewable, and large power resource. It generates higher and more stable production rates per unit than most of the other renewables. It leads to minimal impacts on the environment and local communities comparing with fossil fuels and other renewables.
This project uses remote sensing data from satellite instruments that infer wind speed over water surface with a high-resolution bathymetry to determine areas suitable for wind power installations offshore the central and northern coasts of British Columbia. Remote sensing data will be evaluated with observations from offshore buoys and mesoscale atmospheric model outputs for better estimation of the wind resource. Wind speeds will be extrapolated to hub height, and then outputs would be integrated into wind resource maps. Diurnal and seasonal variability will be analyzed to allow estimation of wind power production. Estimations of offshore wind power production in power units (MW) would be determined using power curves of marine turbines and results of wind mapping with the consideration of different scenarios of turbine tower technology and water depth. The results of this research will be directly useful to the economics of wind power and critical for future power planning in British Columbia.
I hold a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental studies and a bachelor’s degree in physical geography. My Master’s research investigates large-scale weather conditions that lead to particular winds in several channels along the coast of British Columbia and involves a field study in Vancouver Island. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places as well as bird sighting.