in order to concentrate more fully on the Florida Current. Overall, the committee does not expect the practical resource of the Florida Current to be more than 1 or 2 GW, though further work is required. Given that observation in the region of the Florida Current is very limited, a comprehensive field observation with focus on the Florida Current is necessary in the future. Additionally, the ocean current validation was conducted with a very limited data set and could be substantially strengthened by including more existing data for comparison with model results.
Recommendation: Any follow-on work for the Florida Current should include a thorough evaluation of back effects related to placing turbine arrays in the strait by using detailed numerical simulations that include the representation of extensive turbine arrays. Such models should also be used to investigate array optimization of device location and spacing. The effects of meandering and seasonal variability within the Florida Current should also be discussed.