U. Maine Assistant Professor Lauren Ross speaks about her research modeling possible tidal energy solutions for Maine and their impacts.
Part of the Winter Talk series sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial
Dr. Ross’s presentation asks the questions “How can we use currents to generate sustainable energy?” and “What are the environmental impacts of doing so?” This program will explore how tidal turbines can optimize energy extraction and seek to understand how coastal environmental conditions are affected by the long-term implementation of tidal turbines. Guests will learn how this research considers both the optimization of tidal turbine arrays and their impact on the environment, which can be applied to tidal estuaries in Maine and worldwide.
Dr. Ross is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maine. She holds a BS from the University of North Florida in Mathematics, an MS from San Diego State University in Applied Mathematics and a PhD from the University of Florida in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. Lauren’s research involves understanding tidal processes in estuarine and coastal environments using data collected from the field and a variety of modeling techniques.