Regional Environmental Change

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 79–88 | Cite as

Changes in offshore wind power potential over the Mediterranean Sea using CORDEX projections

  • Ines AlvarezEmail author
  • Maria Nieves Lorenzo
Original Article


This study investigates changes in wind power potential by 2060 over the Mediterranean Basin under two future scenarios (RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5) using wind simulations from the EURO-CORDEX project (12.5 km). An annual and seasonal increase in wind power was observed over the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Lion in both scenarios, with significant values obtaining only over the former region. The most significant increases occurred in spring and summer over the Aegean Sea, while the highest positive values of wind power potential over the Gulf of Lion were observed during autumn and winter. On the contrary, wind power was observed to decrease in the central part of the Basin, with significant differences in winter and autumn in both scenarios.


Wind energy CORDEX Warming scenarios Mediterranean 


Funding information

This work was partially supported by the Xunta de Galicia under the project Programa de Consolidación e Estruturación de Unidades de Investigación (Grupos de Referencia Competitiva) funded by European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPhysLab, Facultade de CienciasUniversidade de VigoOurenseSpain
  2. 2.CESAM, Departamento de FísicaUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal

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