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Resource Characterization

Building on its success in wind resource characterization and assessment, NREL has extended its capabilities to the field of water power. NREL's team of scientists, engineers and computer experts has broad experience in physical oceanography, meteorology, modeling, data analysis, and Geographic Information Systems. Many years of experience in wind assessment have enabled NREL to develop the skills and methodologies to evaluate the development potential of many different water-based energy technologies.

See the Marine and Hydrokinetic Atlas to review current resource characterization of the United States.