Dr. Richard Karsten is a professor of Mathematics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alberta. He spent three years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Acadia in 2001. His early research focused on fluid dynamics and oceanography, in particular, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
In recent years, Dr. Karsten and his colleagues at Acadia have been working on examining tidal power in the Bay of Fundy. Their work resulted in the first published assessment of in-stream tidal power in the Minas Passage based on a theoretical estimate of extractable energy and a numerical simulation of in-stream turbines. He has also worked on examining the tidal resonance in Hudson Strait and the coupling of resonant shallow basins with the Atlantic Ocean. His current research is focusing on tidal energy site assessment using numerical models and innovative monitoring methods. Dr. Karsten is a member of the FERN natural sciences subcommittee, a member of the IEC standards committee on resource assessment for tidal energy, an executive member for AARMS (Atlantic Association for Research in Mathematical Sciences), a member of Research Directorate for ACEnet, a steering committee member for the Canadian Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap, and a founding member of the ATEI.
Dr. Karsten will be speaking on the oceans energy panel. An interesting look at harnessing the ocean, from wind to underwater turbines and wave energy.