Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Strategic Area: Marine Energy Resources

What is it: 

The five layers show:

  • Annual Mean Significant Wave Height - mean annual wave height (trough to crest) of the highest third of the waves
  • Annual Mean Wave Power - mean annual potential energy in kWatt m-1 generated by waves around the PFOW area
  • Peak Flow for a Mean Spring Tide - mean annual flow velocity in ms-1 for the spring tide
  • Mean Spring Tidal Power Density - mean annual potential power in kWatt m-2 generated by the Spring tidal flow in the PFOW area
  • Mean Spring Tidal Range - mean vertical difference between the high tide and the succeeding low tide for the spring tide


Links to Scotland's Marine Atlas: 
The mean annual tidal power density around the Orkney Islands derived from the 1 year long PFOW climatology