Cascadia Coast Research, in partnership with University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative, implemented suite of models that have produced the most comprehensive and accurate wave analysis off the coast of BC, Canada to date.
Over the 4 year project, the models and results helped the West Coast Wave Initiative achieve their goal to create the most accurate possible assessment of the feasibility of wave energy conversion for British Columbia.
We produced an 11 year hind-cast of the ocean waves incident on the coast. With extensive validation from wave measurements, the model was used to perform a detailed assessment of the wave energy resources in the area.
We developed multiple scales of wave propagation models off the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia coast using SWAN and REF\DIF software. By developing and integrating complex unstructured grids of the coastal bathymetry, we provided highly computationally efficient tools that accurately quantify wave conditions at every marine space location from the continental shelf to the near shore breaking zone.
Although the model was used extensively to assess the wave energy resources along the entire West Coast of Vancouver Island and to identify promising locations for wave energy development, models of this type can be coupled with surf zone wave models such as SWASH and can be further utilized to assess extreme wave risks.