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Simon Waldman

Personal DetailsSimon Waldman

Email: s.waldman@marlab.ac.uk or simon.waldman@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB

Research Interests

My interests centre around renewable energy and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policy-making.

My recently-submitted PhD covered the use of such models to predict both the tidal power available from a given location, and the effects of removing that energy from the flow. My task on this placement is to develop high-resolution coverage of the Clyde Estuary and Shetland within the Scottish Shelf Model, with initial applications for aquaculture.

I have experience using the MIKE, Delft3D and FVCOM modelling systems.


My time with Marine Scotland Science is funded by NERC and supported by Heriot-Watt University, MSS, and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.

I have recently collaborated with researchers at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh, the National Oceanography Centre (Liverpool) and Kyushu University in Japan.

External responsibilities

I support the Software Carpentry organisation, which teaches software development good practice to scientists to improve the reproducibility of computational research. I currently serve on that organisation’s Policy committee.

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Last five publications

  • Waldman S, Yamaguchi S, O’Hara Murray R, Woolf D (2017), “Tidal resource and interactions between multiple channels in the Goto Islands, Japan”. International Journal of Marine Energy. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijome.2017.09.002

  • Waldman S, Side J, Woolf D (2017) “Numerical investigation of tidal resource & far field effects in Lashy Sound, Orkney”. EWTEC 2017, Cork. Available at https://www.simonwaldman.me.uk/static/publications/2017/Waldman et al 2017 EWTEC.pdf

  • Waldman S, Baston S, Nemalidinne R, Chatzirodou A, Venugopal V, Side J (2017) “Implementation of tidal turbines in MIKE 3 and Delft3D models of Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters” Ocean & Coastal Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.04.015

  • Neill S, Vögler A, Goward Brown A, Baston S, Lewis M, Gillibrand P, Waldman S, Woolf D (2017), “The wave and tidal resource of Scotland”, Renewable Energy. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.03.027.

  • Gallego A, Side J, Baston S, Waldman S, Bell M, James M, Davies I, O’Hara Murray R, Heath M, Sabatino A, McKee D, McCaig C, Karunarathna H, Fairley I, Chatzirodou A, Venugopal V, Nemalidinne R, Yung TZ, Vögler A, McIver R, Burrows M (2016), “Large scale three-dimensional modelling for wave and tidal energy resource and environmental impact: Methodologies for quantifying acceptable thresholds for sustainable exploitation”. Ocean & Coastal Management December 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.11.025.

Full publications list at https://www.simonwaldman.me.uk/publications