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1 April 2013 Numerical simulations and observations for offshore wind farms in a NW Mediterranean shelf
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Sánchez-Arcilla, A., González-Marco, D., Sospedra, J., Palomares, A., Sierra, J.P., Schuon, F., Espino. M., Grifoll, M., Pallarés, E., Jiménez, P.A. and Navarro, J. 2013. Meteo-oceanographic simulations and observations to assess the potential of offshore wind farm in a NW Mediterranean shelf.

Renewable marine energy is important in squeezed Mediterranean coastal zones. Wind turbines deployed over the narrow Catalan continental shelf require accurate wind/wave/current fields for a reliable design, operation and maintenance. This paper presents the large (comparative to other open sea areas) errors in meteo-oceanographic predictions for semi enclosed domains such as the coastal sea off the Ebro Delta coast. The emphasis is on the sequence of high resolution coupled and nested models and the role of in situ collocated measurements for calibration and validation.

Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Daniel González-Marco, Joaquim Sospedra, Ana Palomares, Joan Pau Sierra, Frieder Schuon, Manuel Espino, Manel Grifoll, Elena Pallarés, Pedro Angel Jiménez, and Jorge Navarro "Numerical simulations and observations for offshore wind farms in a NW Mediterranean shelf," Journal of Coastal Research 65(sp2), 1651-1656, (1 April 2013).
Received: 7 December 2012; Accepted: 6 March 2013; Published: 1 April 2013

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