Comparative Effects of Climate Change and Tidal Stream Energy Extraction in a Shelf Sea

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A paper using the Scottish Shelf Model (SSM) to investigate how large scale tidal stream energy extraction in Scottish waters can change the physical processes on the UK continental shelf and how this compares to changes predicted due to climate change by 2050. The SSM was forced with two 25 year climatologies, one for the present day (1990-2014) and one for the future (2038-2062) derived using the RCP8.5 (business as usual) scenario. This work is part of the EcoWatt2050 project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), grant reference EP-K012851-1.