Resource and site characterisation


The list of partners indicated in this page is progressive and non-exhaustive.


Support to farm developers and government offices in quantification of the energy resource and characterisation of sea states at ORE sites

  • Types of resources
    • Waves: precise characterisation of wave breaking, coast and extreme sea states by coupling modeling with in-situ and satellite observations
    • Tidal streams: characterisation of current and associated turbulence by coupling in-situ measurements and numerical modelling
    • Winds: precise characterisation of winds and associated turbulence by coupling modelling and satellite observations
  • Scope
    • Selection of characterisation means (waves, currents, winds)
    • Support for the preparation of measurement campaigns
    • Assistance in the processing and analysis of collected data
    • Selection of models and development of customised codes
    • Preparation of digital studies integrating the parametrisation of models
    • Short-term wind forecast for farm operation (under development)


Several collaborative R&D projects on the characterisation of offshore wind and tidal sites

  • Tank tests and measurement campaigns from La Jument lighthouse, in the Alderney Race and in the Ria d’Etel (DIME, ELEMENT, HYD2M, PHYSIC and THYMOTE projects)
  • Capturing high-resolution spatial variability of wind fields (CARAVELE project)
  • Improvement of the representation of sea states in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea (DIME and DIMPACT projects)
  • Improvement of the knowledge of hydrosedimentary processes and turbulence in the Alderney Race (HYD2M, PHYSIC and THYMOTE projects)
  • Development of the site characterisation module of the DTOcean+ software suite dedicated to the optimisation of tidal and wave farms (DTOCEANPLUS project)


Team of physical oceanographers with complementary expertise: atmospheric flow, sea states, hydrosedimentary dynamics, water turbulence

Dedicated instrumentation

  • Stereo video cameras to film waves propagation in real time and in 3D in a 100 m square
  • 4 measuring cages and instruments that can be attached to them: 5-beam ADCP, hydrophones, acoustic receivers, stereo video, camera

Digital tools

  • Currents and sedimentary dynamics: CROCO
  • Site characterisation: module of DTOcean+
  • Python tools developed for data processing analysis of model results, machine learning, etc.


  • Alderney Race
    • Currentology and hydrosedimentary processes measured with ADCP, point current meters and hydrophones
    • Hydrokinetic Resource Mapping by HF and VHF Radar
    • Current and turbulence measurement with double ADCP
    • 3D high-resolution maps of currents calculated taking into account the sea state
  • Paimpol-Bréhat
    • Currentology and waves measured with ADCP

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