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In August 2013 we set sail from Stromness on our second Sea Change expedition, aboard Lerwick community boat The Swan, with a crew of 27 artists, scientists and informers. More ›

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Susana Baston

Joins the expedition for week 1

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Susana is an Oceanographer, she always has lived close to the shoreline and she has a lifelong interest in ocean dynamics. She completed an MSc in Science and Technology for Coastal Management at the University of Cantabria (Spain), followed with a PhD at the same department entitled “Long wave propagation in semi-enclosed bays”, awarded in December 2008. As part of her PhD at IH Cantabria she also participated in several projects to restore wetlands, mostly relating to recovering degraded estuarine areas.

In September 2009 she joined ICIT Heriot-Watt University as a post-doctoral researcher for the Marine Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (MREDS) programme. The main objective of this project was to study potential effects of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) devices on flow behaviour. She successfully implemented the advanced numerical model developed by Stanford University (SUNTANS) to describe the physical hydrographical processes, mainly the tidal propagation and characteristics of the flow, for the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters (PFOW) area. Outputs from this work have been used in research into the effects of hydrokinetic energy on marine ecology and fisheries.

Her recent research is focused on modelling tidal energy extraction, optimisation of tidal turbine arrays and effects of MRE installations on hydrodynamics, using coastal ocean models. Currently she is using Delft3D, a numerical model developed in The Netherlands by Deltares. It is widely used by industry.

Observation is the basis of research and it is the experience of observing flow around Orkney shorelines which makes people aware of the extraordinary characteristics of the hydrodynamics here. Today, Orkney is the focus of MRE development in Europe. The key is having the ability to describe and explain physical processes contributing to these energetic flows in order to make knowledge available to all sectors of society.

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James Brady’s expedition blog for ecoartscotland

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See James Brady’s blog here:   http://ecoartscotland.net/    

Leaving Fair Isle

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Andy Crabb’s Sea Changes Part 1 now on vimeo

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Sea Changes, part 1 featuring Karine Polwart from Andy Crabb on Vimeo. Part 1 of a film about Cape Farewell’s Northern Isles expedition, on board the Swan LK243. The Swan is a traditional Shetland fishing sail boat, restored and operated by a community based trust in Shetland swantrust.com/. She is a truly beautiful boat. The film... Read more ›

Carbon Cycle

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CARBON/SINK Site-specific organic drawing, North Haven pier, Fair Isle (peat and fresh water / 12” x 120”)     A musing on the ecology of the Carbon Cycle and the human intervention within it’s system: the symbiotic links between the entropy of organic matter – moorland as a carbon sink – fossil fuels – carbon... Read more ›

Wind, stone

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Wind, stone: by Teresa Elwes

Fish For The Table

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FishForTheTable 03 vimeo from Tam Treanor.

Microcosms: Eons, Tides and Dreams

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‘I go to the rockpool at the slack of the tide to mind me what my poetry’s for.’ –      Jen Hadfield (from the poem, Daed-traa*)           ‘The parent materials were gathered together as volcanoes poured them out in fiery streams, as waters running over the bare rocks of the continents wore... Read more ›

Quota

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quota n 1. the proportional or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group 2. a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country [from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what... Read more ›

Freedom Come All Ye” performed by Karine Polwart in The Italian Chapel, Orkney August 2013.

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“Freedom Come All Ye” performed by Karine Polwart in The Italian Chapel, Orkney August 2013. from Andy Crabb on Vimeo. In August 2013 members of Cape Farewell’s “Sea Change” project explored the landscapes, history and future of the Orkneys whilst sailing on board The Swan, a beautifully restored Shetland Fifie. The group consisting of artists,... Read more ›

Pelagic Gannets

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When the seas calmed and I was no longer confined to my sick bunk, it was wonderful to be on deck and to observe my new watery surroundings, I saw gannets flap and glide past the Swan and was amazed to see their large wingspan for the first time. They truly are a majestic bird!... Read more ›

Sea change See change

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Poet. Climate change.  Environmentalist.  Scientist. Carbon economy. (Ex-)soldier. Renewables. Conservationist.  Fishing quota.  Artist. Sustainability. Writer.  Everyday words susceptible to our own interpretation, predisposition and characterisation.   Words that can be polarising and divisive.  So what happens when you mix them with a few associated ingredients?  On the one hand there is the potential for an explosive... Read more ›

Big words + Lumpy times

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LUMPY adj lumpier, lumpiest full of or having lumps (Transport / Nautical Terms) (esp of the sea) rough confused seas We headed south on ‘lumpy’ seas from Scalloway towards Sumburgh Head.  Our direction towards the East side was guided by the weather forecast and I was pleased to be moving at last. I have been... Read more ›