Innovative turbulence research helps with sustainable management of the sea
Nearly half of the world’s population live close to the ocean. The ocean not only provides an important source of food, it is increasingly looked to as a major source of renewable energy. It is also here that much of human waste is dumped. All of these competing pressures highlight the need for careful management of the oceans. Numerical models provide a key global tool for the management of the oceans.
Furthermore the ocean acts as a major transporter of heat around the global, for example contributing to the relatively temperate climate (and stormy weather) found here in the UK. Our ability to correctly forecast the weather is thus dependent on accurate forecasting of the fate of heat in the ocean.
For over 2 decades world leading research at Bangor University has led to the improvement of a key ocean process, the mixing together of different water masses, in numerical models of the ocean.
Specifically the research has directly led to improved environmental impact assessments for power plants, predictions for sustainable management of the sea and short-term forecast and warning systems. The improved modelling capacity resulting from the fundamental research has also contributed to improved short-range ocean and climate forecasting and daily coastal seas and ecosystem forecasts by the UK Met Office.