Dr Iain Fairley is a Senior Research Officer in the Energy and Environment Research Group at Swansea University. He has worked at Swansea University since 2010; his research focuses on marine renewable energy and coastal engineering. His interest in marine renewables involves resource characterisation and assessment of the impact of energy extraction on the physical environment (waves, tides and morphology).
Resource characterisation studies have ranged from global wave characterisation using model data to site scale measurements of wave and tidal energy. Research into energy extraction impacts has largely involved numerical modelling of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters using the DHI MIKE suite of models.
Dr. Fairley has an interest in the use of drones to enable new research through novel measurements; he is a qualified drone pilot and has used drones for measurements of beach morphology, intertidal sediment type and, most recently, tidal current measurements using surface velocimetry.