The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Its international character is reflected in its student population, which comprises of 5,380 European students and 16,375 International students (out of a total population of around 44,510 students) from over 120 different countries worldwide. It can also be found in its truly international staff and in its joint research and other links with overseas universities, institutes, companies and governments. UEDIN is the leading research university in Scotland and one of Britain’s leading research universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results ranked Edinburgh 4th in the UK. UEDIN is also a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It is consistently placed in the world’s top 30 universities.
The project-related activities will be led by the School of Engineering, which as part of a joint sub-panel submission to REF2014 was assessed in having the highest Research Power to any UK Engineering submission, with a GPA of 3.30. UEDIN hosts two internationally relevant test facilities for high-energy coastal marine systems research, particularly those related to offshore renewable energy, namely Fastblade and Flowave. The latter is a circular basin that allows waves and currents to be created in any relative direction across its 17 metres diameter, 2m deep, test section. UEDIN’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of marine energy conversion research for over 30 years. The School’s Institute for Energy Systems (IES) hosted the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, Supergen Marine Energy consortium projects and the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE, EP/J500847/1). IES presently hosts IDCORE 2 (EP/S023933/1) and participates in two other EPSRC CDTs (EP/L016680/1, EP/S023801/1) including WAMESS (Wind and Marine Energy Structures and Systems Centre for Doctoral Training). The School of Engineering also coordinated and participated in multiple ocean-focussed EU Framework Programmes including EQUIMAR, MARINA Platform, TROPOS, MARINET, WaveTrain-2, PolyWEC, DTOcean and DTOcean Plus.
Over the course of these projects UEDIN has had the opportunity to verify and validate the modelling technologies proposed in the DTO. The involved academics can demonstrate a track record in the characterisation and modelling of the marine environment with ongoing activity in this area, including leading roles in the directly relevant EC H2020 RealTide and OceanEra Net Co-Fund Resourcecode projects as well as UK Research and Innovation projects. They each lead a group of researchers that employ UEDIN’s unique facilities towards upscaling, extending and refining coastal ocean models as well as sensing, processing and curating observational and numerical data as part of mature Research Data Management frameworks, as illustrated by the outputs below and the achievements to-date.
Role In Project
UEDIN will contribute to:
• WP5 – Deployment & Operation of Observing Systems
• WP6 – Modelling & coupling with Iliad Observing System
• WP9 – Setting up Solutions (Services and Products), and WP11 – Key assessments of Iliad effectiveness