Optimized Numerical Model Based Assessment of Wave Power Potential of Marmara Sea

Yasin Abdollahzadehmoradi*, Mehmet Özger, Abdüsselam Altunkaynak

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Marmara Sea, located between Black Sea and Aegean Sea, is an important sea for ocean engineering activities. In this study, wave power potential of Marmara Sea was investigated using the third generation spectral wind-wave model MIKE 21 SW with unstructured mesh. Wind data was obtained from ECMWF ERA-Interim re-analyses wind dataset at 10 m with a spatial resolution of 0.1° for the period of 1994 to 2014. The numerical model was calibrated with measured wave data from a buoy station located in Marmara Sea. Mesh optimization was also performed to obtain the most suitable mesh structure for the study area. This study is the first that dealt with the determination of wave energy potential of Marmara Sea. The numerical model results are presented in terms of monthly, seasonal and annual average of wave power flux (kW m −1 ). The maximum wave power flux is 1.13 kW m −1 and occurs in November. The overall annual mean wave power flux during 1994–2014 is found to be 0.27 kW m −1 in the offshore regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Ocean University of China
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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© 2019, Ocean University of China, Science Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany.


This research was funded by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) (No. 112M 413). We thank the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts for providing the wind data, the Marine Geoscience Data System for providing the bathymetry data, and Turkish Petroleum for providing the buoy wave data.

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Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu112M 413


    • buoy wave data
    • ECMWF
    • Marmara Sea
    • MIKE 21 SW
    • wave power potential


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