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2007-2011, Queen's University Belfast, SeaGen Strangford Lough, ADCP Current Monitoring Campaign

2007-2011, Queen's University Belfast, SeaGen Strangford Lough, ADCP Current Monitoring Campaign

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A campaign of moving vessel Accoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) surveys was conducted in Strangford Lough by Queen’s University Belfast as part of the overall comprehensive environmental monitoring programme associated with the installation of the 1.2MW tidal energy device Seagen (Marine Current Turbines Ltd) in 2008.
The specific purpose of the campaign was to acquire sufficient data of the water flow regime within the area of interest in order to identify any discernible wake effects downstream of the turbine and the extents to which the wake is propagated.
A programme of surveys was proposed and conducted during two distinct project phases; a pre-deployment phase before the turbine installation, and a post-deployment phase with the turbine fully operational.
A downward looking TRDI 600kHz Workhorse ADCP was mounted on the vessel Cuan Shore together with the requisite ancillary sensors to acquire the raw data sets of water column profiles. The surveys developed a spatial and temporal matrix centred geographically around the turbine and temporally over various complete 13 hour tidal cycles, as well as being augmented by some localised surveys nearer to the turbine (near field).  This series contains the survey report.

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