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Offshore Wind MetOcean Training Course






Sep 9, 2024


Virtual (Live)

Course Status


Offshore Wind MetOcean Training Course

The Offshore Wind MetOcean course provides an in-depth exploration of meteorology and oceanography specific to the offshore wind industry. Participants will acquire a thorough understanding of how wind, waves, currents, and other environmental factors impact offshore wind projects. This knowledge is vital for the successful planning, design, and operation of offshore wind farms, making this course essential for professionals in the field.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for professionals involved in offshore wind energy projects, including:

- Project Developers and Managers

- Wind Energy Engineers and Technicians

- Environmental and Safety Specialists

- Government Officials and Policymakers

- Oceanographers and Meteorologists

- Researchers and Academics

By attending the Offshore Wind MetOcean course, participants will gain valuable insights into the critical MetOcean aspects of offshore wind projects, enabling them to make informed decisions and contribute to the success and sustainability of offshore wind farms.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Understanding "Metocean"

- Discipline Overview:

A comprehensive look at the meteorology and oceanography involved in offshore wind projects.

- Turbine-Scale Analysis:

Exploring meteorological and oceanographic considerations specific to the scale of offshore wind turbines.

- Defining Boundaries: Clarifying what "Metocean" is not while highlighting the valuable role of the metocean team in project success.

Module 2: Components of a Metocean Campaign

- Measured Parameters: Identifying the critical aspects measured in a metocean campaign.

- Measurement Techniques: Understanding the methods employed to measure meteorological and oceanographic variables.

- Purpose of Measurement: Exploring the significance and relevance of metocean measurements in offshore wind projects.

Module 3: Elements of a Metocean Model

- Winds, Waves, Currents, and Water Levels Modeling: Detailing the modeling process for key metocean elements.

- Extreme Value Analysis: Capturing and analyzing data related to extreme storm events.

- Hurricane Models and Methods: An overview of some methods for capturing tropical cyclone events in metocean data.

Module 4: Metocean Analysis in Offshore Wind Applications

- Foundations Analysis: Examining metocean considerations for offshore wind foundations.

- Offshore Substations: Addressing metocean factors relevant to offshore substations.

- Cable Routes/Cable Landings: Analyzing metocean conditions along cable routes and at cable landings.

- Installation Considerations: Understanding metocean aspects during the installation phase.

Module 5: Emerging Technologies and Trends

- Innovations: Exploring new technologies influencing metocean practices in offshore wind.

- Trends: Analyzing current trends shaping the future of metocean in the offshore wind industry.

Module 6: Specialty Topics

- In-Depth Exploration: Addressing specialized topics such as scour, breaking waves, and climate change impacts.

- Interactive Q&A: Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance for potential coverage during this segment.

Course Instructors:

Sarah McElman

Lead Consultant, Metocean Expert Americas

Sarah McElman is a metocean analyst with a background in spectral wave modeling, computational fluid dynamics, and scale model testing. She is the former metocean lead for Avangrid Renewables and has over 10 years of experience in offshore site assessment for fixed and floating projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia. While at Avangrid, Sarah managed metocean buoy, FLiDAR, and other measurement campaigns across the US and Europe, in addition to leading the metocean dimensions of new business, development, and operational preparedness. Prior to joining Avangrid, Sarah was a computational modeler at Deltares and MARIN.

The course outline is subject to change and a detailed agenda will be shared after enrollment.

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