publication . Article . 2005

Sensitivity of wave energy to climate change

Gareth Harrison; A.R. Wallace;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2005
  • Country: United Kingdom
Wave energy will have a key role in meeting renewable energy targets en route to a low carbon economy. However, in common with other renewables, it may be sensitive to changes in climate resulting from rising carbon emissions. Changes in wind patterns are widely anticipated, and this will ultimately alter wave regimes. Indeed, evidence indicates that wave heights have been changing over the last 40 years, although there is no proven link to global warming. Changes in the wave climate will affect wave energy conversion. Where the resource is restricted, there may be reductions in energy exports and, consequently, negative economic impacts. On the other hand, incr...
free text keywords: Climate change, meteorology, oceanography, power generation economics, wave energy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering and Power Technology, Global warming, Global wind patterns, Renewable energy, business.industry, business, Low-carbon economy, Economic impact analysis, Environmental science, Energy transformation, Natural resource economics, Greenhouse gas
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