Dr Iain Fairley, Swansea University (UK), is an experienced researcher with interests in the fields of marine renewable energy and the use of novel techniques for coastal morphological surveys. He has been a key member of the Energy and Environment Research Group within the College of Engineering at Swansea University since 2010.
His marine energy research interests focus on resource assessment, site selection and the physical impact of energy extraction, particularly on sedimentary systems. Research on UK EPSRC Supergen funded projects has focussed on the impact of energy extraction on sediment dynamics in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters and on the spatial variability in wave resources. Work on industry focussed EU ERDF funded projects has led to collaborations with a range of marine energy device developers to investigate site resource potential.
Dr Fairley’s interest in novel techniques to measure coastal morphology stems from his PhD at the University of Plymouth which utilised an Argus video system to investigate shoreline changes behind a series of detached breakwaters. Since starting work at Swansea, he has investigated the use of terrestrial laser scanners and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), of particular interest is understanding the benefits of utilising the additional data channels beyond x,y,z returned by such instruments. Most recently he has been a researcher co-investigator on the UK NERC funded DST-UAV project which developed methodologies to classify intertidal sediment type using UAVs.
Wednesday, August 1
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM
Thursday, August 2
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM