Renewable energy research is a developing field in the Arctic and especially at UNIS. The environmental and meteorological conditions are different from lower latitudes. In my PhD, I investigate meteorological phenomena which are relevant to renewable energy. One aspect of this are local wind circulations, which are relevant for renewable energy through, among other ways, their influence on the wind power potential.
In my project, I will investigate valley sea breeze, i.e., local wind circulations in fjord-valley systems in summer.
I will use Adventdalen as a case study. I will need to install weather stations in Adventdalen and on the surrounding mountains to get wind data with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution.
In my analysis, I will focus on dynamical features of valley sea breeze.