Atlas User Guide

Here is what you can see, query, export and download.

Data marked with a * are available to download in GIS format.

Need something else? Call our Metocean specialists on +44 (0)23 8071 1881

Annual Wave Height*
Spring Wave Height*
Summer Wave Height*
Autumn Wave Height*
Winter Wave Height*
Pentland Firth Annual Wave Height

Annual Wind Speed (100m)*
Spring Wind Speed (100m)*
Summer Wind Speed (100m)*
Autumn Wind Speed (100m)*
Winter Wind Speed (100m)*

Spring Peak Flow*
Neap Peak Flow*
Spring Range*
Neap Range*
Spring Power*
Neap Power*
Annual Power*
Annual % exceedance 1m/s
Annual % exceedance 2m/s
Tidal excursion ellipses (Mean tide)
Pentland Firth Spring Peak Flow
Pentland Firth Neap Peak Flow
Pentland Firth Spring Power
Pentland Firth Neap Power
Pentland Firth Spring Range
Pentland Firth Neap Range
Pentland Firth Annual Wave Height
Western Isles & Northern Ireland Peak Flow

UK Continental Shelf
Pentland Firth Strategic Area (Wave and Tide resources)

  1. Open the online Atlas
  2. Click on pointer and use mouse to select a resource
  3. Zoom and pan around map, turning resource layers on and off as required
  4. Either select data by shape or select data by query
  5. View table of results and see selection highlighted on the map
  6. Interact with table of results to study the results further
  7. Export results into an MS Excel spreadsheet

Complete user guidelines are available from the Help facility.

For additional support, call +44 (0)23 8071 1856 or send us a message.


This is a licence agreement between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (as of 03/10/2008 this is the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where the energy group now resides) ("licensor") and you ("licensee").

You must read and accept all the terms and conditions set out below before you use the data.

By using the data, you (an individual or legal entity) agree with the licensor to become the licensee to this licence agreement and consent to be bound by all of its terms.

If you do not agree to all of the terms of this licence agreement, do not use the data.

1. Grant of Licence

1.1. By using the Data the Licensor grants you ("the Licensee") a non-exclusive, non-transferable limited licence to use the accompanying Atlas of UK Marine Renewable Energy Resources Data sets including without limitation the Met Office and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory data forming part of the content, electronic documentation (if applicable) strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Licence Agreement.

1.2. The Licensee must ensure that the copyright notice of the Licensor is duplicated as it appears in or on the Data on all authorised copies. The Licensee must not assign or transfer this Licence Agreement to any third party. The Licensee shall destroy the Data and all upgrades (if any) or copies in its possession promptly upon termination of this Licence Agreement or discontinuance of the licence granted, for whatever reason.

1.3. The Data is provided 'as is' without any warranty of any kind either express or implied including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

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1.5. The Licensor does not warrant that the Data will be error-free or that such errors will be corrected and the Licensee is solely responsible for all costs and expenses associated with rectification, repair or damage caused by such errors.

1.6. Except for death or personal injury arising from the Licensor's negligence, the Licensor excludes and disclaims all liability for any loss or damage whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with this Licence Agreement, the Data, its use or otherwise. The Licensor expressly excludes liability for indirect, special, incidental or consequential loss or damage (including without limitation loss of profits or business) howsoever caused even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Licensee incurs any liability whatsoever under this Licence Agreement, such liability is limited to the licence fee paid by the Licensee for the Data.

2. Ownership of the Data

2.1. The Licensor shall at all times remain the owners of their respective intellectual property and like proprietary rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Data (including without limitation copyrights and database rights).

2.2. The Licensor may terminate this Licence Agreement at any time if the Licensee is in breach of any of the terms and conditions of this Licence Agreement. The Licensee may terminate this Licence Agreement at any time by destroying the Data and all copies of it. If the Licensor notifies the Licensee of such termination, the Licensee shall comply with the provisions of this Licence Agreement.

2.3. The Crown owns the intellectual property rights in the Met Office and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Data which form part of the Data set. The Licensee shall not have any rights or interests in the Met Office or Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Data other than as described in this Licence Agreement. The Met Office Data is derived from model output with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office © Crown copyright. The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Data is derived from model outputs with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office © Crown copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. The Licensee must ensure that it protects and does not interfere with any trade names and trademarks that are in or accompany the Met Office and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Data. All copies of the Met Office and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Data in whatever from must contain the following acknowledgement: '© Crown Copyright. All rights reserved 2008.'.

3. Law and Jurisdiction

3.1. This Licence Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by English law and subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

If you wish to publish material from the Atlas then please include the following citation

Atlas of UK Marine Renewable Energy Resources. 2008. ABPmer. Date of access (e.g. 01 January 2021)

All data remains Crown Copyright and figures using the Atlas data or images should include the statement:

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