Partnering between a geography department and a community initiative to provide a wind resource assessment for the Blueskin Bay region, Otago, New Zealand

Authors: Cullen, Nicolas1; Bowden, Alice1; Spronken‐Smith, Rachel2

Source: New Zealand Geographer, Volume 68, Number 1, 1 April 2012 , pp. 49-61(13)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This paper explores the partnership between a community group and a geography department to assess the wind energy potential of the Blueskin Bay region in southern New Zealand. The partnership has provided opportunities for research and is of strategic importance. Year‐long wind observations and numerical modelling have revealed that the hills surrounding Blueskin Bay show potential for wind energy generation. Despite challenges for both parties, the university–community partnership has allowed a successful research platform to be established.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand 2: Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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