The study focuses on a high resolution coastal assessment for the Libyan Sea at the South-West Mediterranean. To date majority of information for the area, are based on large scale oceanic models with coarse resolutions not adequate for nearshore assessments. This dataset and analysis provides an in-depth wave energy resource assessment and detail dissemination of sites according to their metocean characteristics. Identification for wave energy is based on the database constructed, allowing the quantification of energy levels and resource implications at sites.
Mean values of wave heights around the coastlines are ≈ 1 m, though high storm events exceed 5 m at several areas. Highest wave energy resources are located at open coastal areas, with energetic months reaching up to 10 kW/m. Low energy seasons are found throughout summer months, where energy content is reduced threefold. The resource can be classified as low, however the coefficient of variation suggests a predictable resource with extreme events not expected to surpass 10 m.
Although, resource is not as energetic as open oceanic regions the low variations may assist wave energy as a supporting renewable energy option. Assessing the wave climate around the coasts for a long period of time can also provide confident and robust suggestions on the selection for wave energy converters. In addition, lower extreme events are expected to reduce potential installations costs by lowering structural expenditure and strengthening works to facilitate operation at milder environments.