The MTPI mission is sustainable tidal energy development through data-driven science that transforms traditional technology and finance-driven energy practices to those combined with decisions of policy-makers, citizens, and developers, which are critical to ensuring economically feasible, environmentally responsible, and socially acceptable technologies in the complex multi-use ocean environment. Our vision is to foster ocean energy development that is guided by principles that ensure sustainable and broad benefits to all citizens. These principles are rooted in a solid understanding of the natural environment, state-of-the-art and well-suited technology, economic returns, and social acceptance supported by cross-disciplinary integration, stakeholder engagement, and integrated coastal systems research. Tightly coupled to this vision is our goal to educate and train the next generation thinkers, researchers and skilled workforce who can integrate knowledge across disciplines and adapt to global markets with a full appreciation of diverse cultures and ideals worldwide.
Sustainable tidal energy development requires linkages and feedback between social, engineering, and bio-physical systems. Below are the established research themes of the multi-disciplinary team currently working to link knowledge-to-action between these integrated systems.