Megan Schutt, Department of Marine Sciences
Megan is studying boundary layer meteorology in a coastal environment. With the Duke Energy fellowship, she will continue this work by developing a model to improve the offshore wind energy resource assessment in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The estimation of the wind power potential in a given area often ignores the atmospheric stability in a region, in favor of a simple extrapolation of surface wind speeds. Megan's research will aggregate measured wind profiles and ancillary meteorological data to assess the effect of stability on the wind shear using Monin-Obukhov Similarity Theory.
Advisor: Professor Harvey Seim