Webinars for Marine and Wind Energy and the Environment

Tethys hosts regular webinars pertaining to topic of environmental concern, as a means to effectively disseminate new information and research efforts to a large international audience of stakeholders. Anyone is welcome to attend these live webinars and participate in a live question and answer session with the presenters. Information for attending these live webinars is distributed to a public mailing list (separate lists for wind and water). Ongoing webinars on Tethys are sponsored by OES-Environmental and WREN.

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Below is a list of past webinars, containing video/audio files of the presentations and Q&A sessions when available.

Sponsored By Title Date Description
Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #9 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Future Priorities for Wildlife & Wind Energy - Multi-stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities December 8, 2020

Join us for the final webinar in a nine part webinar series titled Wildlife and Wind Energy: Considerations for monitoring and managing impacts. This dynamic series of training webinars has familiarized attendees with applied techniques for monitoring, permitting, reporting, and researching land-based wind energy and wildlife interactions. Experts from government agencies, private industry, academia, and NGOs have discussed important background information and address research and regulatory considerations related to early stages of prospecting potential projects to full operation.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #8 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Economics of Wind Energy: Understanding wildlife minimization in the context of development and financing November 10, 2020

Experts from Invenergy, DNV GL, and Pattern will provide an overview of the process of securing financing, budgeting, and contracting for wind development and operation. Additionally, our speakers will discuss how the financing process relates to the adoption of minimization strategies and conservation investments. This understanding can inform permitting and maximize conservation from wind energy assets.

New PRIMRE Developments: Part 2 New PRIMRE Developments: Part 2 - New Features of Existing Knowledge Hubs October 28, 2020

Launched in 2019, the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) was developed to serve as a centralized access point that enhances the accessibility and discoverability of information relevant to marine renewable energy (MRE) development and operations in the U.S. Part two of this two-part webinar series will highlight new features of existing PRIMRE Knowledge Hubs: Signature Projects, the Tethys Engineering Photo Library, and the PRIMRE aggregate search.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #7 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Impact Reduction Strategies for Eagles and Bats October 22, 2020

This webinar provided an overview of each including benefits, challenges, considerations, and species-specific applications. Representatives from industry and regulatory agencies shared perspectives on the role of these strategies in advancing wind energy and wildlife conservation. Attendees also heard about a publicly available technology database and an exciting new tool in development.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #6 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Communicating Results: How to identify and produce robust monitoring reports October 15, 2020

Experts in field monitoring and statistical analysis reviewed the key considerations when planning a study, collecting and analyzing data, and completing reports. The webinar included an overview of mortality estimation and which estimator (i.e., Generalized Mortality Estimator or Evidence of Absence) is appropriate for your study.

New PRIMRE Developments: Part 1 New PRIMRE Developments: Part 1 - New Sites and Tools October 7, 2020

Launched in 2019, the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) was developed to serve as a centralized access point that enhances the accessibility and discoverability of information relevant to marine renewable energy (MRE) development and operations in the U.S. Part one of this two-part webinar series will highlight new sites and tools that have been developed within PRIMRE: the MRE Technology Database, MRE Software, and Telesto.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #5 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Eagles: Permitting process and best practices for monitoring and mitigation September 29, 2020

This webinar reviewed relevant permitting processes and guidance for conserving eagles as documented in the Wind Energy Guidelines and Module 1 of the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance. Attendees learned about pre- and post-construction data collection methods, best practices, and recent developments that may further refine our understanding of risk to eagles from wind energy.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #4 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Bats - Methodologies and technologies used to study impacts of wind turbines on bats September 24, 2020

This webinar discussed the state of the science on the impacts of wind energy development on bats and the approaches used to better understand bats/wind turbine interactions. Experts from USGS, TCU, Stantec, and BCI reviewed the methodologies and technologies used to monitor bat activity, behavior, and fatality at wind energy facilities.

OES-Environmental Webinar #19 OES-Environmental Webinar: Risk Retirement September 24, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the risk retirement process, its development, and several related tools, including the data transferability process and monitoring datasets discoverability matrix. OES-Environmental's outreach and engagement efforts in the development of the risk retirement and data transferability processes will also be highlighted, as well as the feedback received from the greater MRE community on risk retirement for underwater noise, electromagnetic effects, and habitat change. 

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #3 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Grouse - Considerations for developing wind energy in grouse habitat September 16, 2020

This webinar discussed the challenges and explored opportunities for advancing responsible wind development despite uncertainty. Grouse experts from Western EcoSystems, American Wind Wildlife Institute, Oregon Natural Desert Association, and EDP Renewables discussed 1) existing guidelines for development in grouse territory, 2) the state of the science on grouse and wind energy, and 3) current practices for monitoring for grouse and developing near grouse habitat.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #2 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Federal and State Perspectives on Environmental Review of Wind Energy and Wildlife September 1, 2020

This webinar provided an overview of the Wind Energy Guidelines from the US Fish and Wildlife Service before delving into state perspectives with a panel of agency staff from states from diverse regions of the country. The state agency panel discussed their permitting processes, opportunities for wildlife conservation, complications to successful and wildlife-mindful permitting, how they have worked through challenges, and where there is still room for improvement.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #1 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: History of wind energy and wildlife interactions and overview of the webinar series August 28, 2020

This first webinar oriented attendees to the series’ objectives and establish the shared foundational knowledge for the nine-part course. This introduction covered 1) the basics of current and developing wind energy technology, 2) development projections for the wind industry based on market dynamics and climate change mitigation targets, and 3) the focal species and associated regulations at the center of wind energy and wildlife policy.

OES-Environmental Workshop OES-Environmental Workshop: Monitoring Datasets Discoverability Matrix July 21, 2020

The monitoring datasets discoverability matrix (matrix) is an interactive tool that classifies monitoring datasets from already consented (or permitted) projects for six key environmental stressors.

WREN Webinar #17 Experiences from conducting environmental research at land-based and offshore wind energy facilities July 7, 2020

The American Wind Wildlife Institute hosted the 17th WREN (Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy) webinar entitled, Experiences from conducting environmental research at land-based and offshore wind energy facilities, on 7 July 2020 at 8:00am PT (3:00pm UTC).

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Chapters Webinars #2 OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Collision Risk and Environmental Monitoring June 22, 2020

This public webinar shares the information from several chapters in the 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Chapters Webinars #1 OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Underwater Noise, EMF, Habitat, Oceanographic Systems, and Mooring Entanglements June 17, 2020

This public webinar shares the information from several chapters in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Public Release OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Public Release June 12, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the information presented in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Public Release OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Public Release June 11, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the information presented in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #3 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #3: Updates on Monitoring and Research Around Wave Energy Devices April 23, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2: Design and Application of Integrated Monitoring Platforms for Monitoring Around MRE Devices April 22, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #1 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #1: Updates on Monitoring and Research Around Turbines April 21, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

POET Webinar #1 POET Webinar: Potential Effects of Offshore Renewable Energy - Knowledge and Resources (Part 1: Marine Renewables and Offshore Wind) April 15, 2020

The Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) is pleased to launch a series of Marine Energy related webinars. These webinars will feature experts from various fields who will share their knowledge and insights, engage in dialogue with participants, and help move the conversation along as floating offshore wind and other forms of marine renewable energy become established in a responsible manner.

NWCC #3 New Research on Smart Curtailment for Bats at Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy March 26, 2020

Presentations on smart curtailment strategies aimed at minimizing energy loss from curtailment while reducing impacts to bats at wind energy facilities.

NWCC #2 NWCC Webinar: New Research on Deterrents and Monitoring for Bats at Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy March 17, 2020

Presentations on advancements of the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies used to minimize impacts to bats and reduce the need for curtailment at wind energy facilities, and on advancements in monitoring technologies.

NWCC #1 New Research on Wildlife Monitoring at Offshore Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy January 16, 2020

New and upcoming research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy on systems and technologies for monitoring wildlife, including birds, bats, and North Atlantic right whales, at offshore wind energy facilities.

OES-Environmental Webinar #18 ETIP Ocean & OES-Environmental Webinar: Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Energy Development November 19, 2019

In this webinar practices will be discussed for MSP in terms of its support to ocean energy development. Member States are in different phases of MSP development, with some plans already implemented and others in preparation. In this webinar, you will hear experts discussing MSP approaches and opportunities to the ocean energy sector, how some national maritime spatial plans are being implemented and what they can offer to a more effective ocean energy deployment.

Tethys Webinar Introducing the New Tethys Engineering Knowledge Base August 7, 2019

A new website, called Tethys Engineering, is being launched that will cover the technical and engineering aspects of the MRE industry. This webinar will walk through the new website, highlighting new content and features.

WREN Webinar #16 Multiple Uses for Offshore Space: Incorporating Wind Energy Development April 5, 2019

This webinar will discuss perspectives from both Europe, where wind energy development has existed since 1991, and North America, where development is relatively new, but with hopes of rapid expansion.

OES-Environmental Webinar #17 BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) March 1, 2019

The BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) project has commenced data collection from biofouling monitoring systems deployed across international marine renewable energy (MRE) test centres.  This webinar will  discuss current environmental research efforts in relation to tackling biofouling.

OES Annex IV Webinar #16 Optimizing Permitting/Consenting for Marine Renewable Energy through Data Transferability September 25, 2018

This webinar will detail Annex IV’s framework, best management practices, and implementation plan for data transferability and collection consistency. The webinar will also present on how the MRE community has been engaged throughout this process and aims to gather additional feedback from the larger MRE community.

WREN Webinar #15 First Look at a New Generalized Fatality Estimator, GenEst August 23, 2018

This webinar will provide a first look at GenEst and how it can be used to estimate fatalities at wind facilities.

Tethys Webinar Using Underwater Video to Monitor Fish Around Ocean and River Energy Devices July 2, 2018

This webinar will discuss guidelines for using underwater video effectively and present a new software tool, EyeSea, developed specifically for underwater video analysis.

Tethys Webinar Tethys Wind Webinar June 25, 2018

This webinar will showcase the content and resources available on Tethys, from a wind energy perspective.

WREN Webinar #14 Reconstruction after Decommissioning - A Cross Industry Perspective May 4, 2018

The speakers will discuss reconstruction after decommissioning from both the offshore wind, land-based wind and adjacent industry perspectives.

WREN Webinar #13 Smart Curtailment - A Global Perspective January 17, 2018

The speakers will discuss smart curtailment from both the European and North American perspective.

OES Annex IV Webinar #15 Tools and Resources for Environmental Assessments December 12, 2017

This webinar will discuss three tools that can be employed for environmental assessments: RADMAPP, a spatial data management, display and analysis tool; the Impact Assessment Tool (IMPACT) developed in the United Kingdom; and Tethys Management Measures developed in the United States and the United Kingdom as part of the Annex IV initiative.

OES Annex IV Webinar #14 Information Collection and Consenting Processes for Wave and Tidal Deployments - Lessons from the Field September 21, 2017

This webinar addresses consenting wave projects in Sweden with the necessary collection of environmental and socio-economic data and on consenting tidal projects in Canada with the necessary collection of economic data.

WREN Webinar #12 Upscaling Wind and Wildlife Individual Interactions to Population-Level Impacts September 20, 2017

This webinar covers a manuscript produced by the WREN collaborative on individual to population impacts and WEST’s development of a quantitative assessment of the direct effects of wind energy on small passerines and diurnal raptors in North America.

WREN Webinar #11 Research Programs to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind, Part 2 June 20, 2017

This webinar is the second of a two-part series covering research programs designed to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind.

OES Annex IV Webinar #13 Fisheries Interactions with Marine Renewable Energy Development June 19, 2017

This webinar will look at the socio-economic impacts of marine renewable energy (MRE) projects around commercial fisheries by exploring the attitudes of fishermen towards MRE projects under development and perceived socio-economic impacts and opportunities, as well as the co-occurrence and nature of potential interactions between these two industries.

OES Annex IV Webinar #12 Artificial Reefs and Benthic Changes in Relation to MRE April 25, 2017

This webinar will look at the environmental effects of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices related to benthic habitat and community changes, and the effects of artificial reefs, specifically focusing on marine fish and crustaceans.

WREN Webinar #10 BOEM Efforts to Collect and Analyze Offshore Wind Data in a Holistic Manner, as Demonstrated through the RODEO Study March 28, 2017

This webinar will cover The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Real-time Opportunity for Development Environmental Observations (RODEO) study.

OES Annex IV Webinar #11 Recent Research of Interest to the MRE Industry January 18, 2017

This webinar will feature two recent sets of research findings that will further elucidate the importance of EMF from cables and fish interaction with devices to the industry.

WREN Webinar #9 Adaptive Management in the Wind Energy Industry November 16, 2016

A recent review of Adaptive Management (AM) has clarified fundamental differences in the definition of AM, and its application to projects or planning processes. This webinar sets out to explore these experiences and suggest the possibility of a common definition and framework for AM that is capable of supporting the needs of wind energy development where there are potential conflicts with wildlife. It will examine how AM has been applied to wind energy development around the world, with a focus on examples from the US and UK.

WREN Webinar #8 Assessing Marine and Avian Wildlife Off the New York Coast July 21, 2016

In an effort to ensure that potential offshore wind development protects the environment and addresses the concerns of coastal communities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is conducting a multi-year aerial survey of wildlife in this area. This webinar will outline the planned scope of the survey project and provide insights in the technical aspects of image collection, processing, species identification and data presentation.

OES Annex IV Webinar #10 Role of Biofouling in Marine Renewable Energy Development Webinar July 12, 2016

While not yet considered to be a key strategic consenting issue by regulatory bodies, biofouling is becoming an important consideration for device developers and operators with increasing deployment experience. Similarly, as more devices are deployed, regulators are increasingly pressed to understand the potential for spread of non-native species, as well as any artificial reef impacts.

WREN Webinar #7 Wind Energy Development Impacts on Marine Environment June 28, 2016

This webinar will discuss noise monitoring research and mitigation to help protect marine life from the impacts of wind energy development-related sounds produced during the building phases and types of foundations.

OES Annex IV Webinar #9 2016 Annex IV State of the Science Webinar May 10, 2016

The recently published Annex IV State of the Science Report summarizes the state of the science of interactions and effects of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices on the marine environment, the animals that live there, and the habitats that support them.

LINC Webinar Large Scale Interactive Coupled Modelling of Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy Farms (LINC) Webinar April 28, 2016

The webinar is a showcase of outcomes of an EPSRC grant funded project. In particular we will show the development and the availability of a range of numerical methods to assess various potential environmental impact of large arrays of tidal and wave energy devices.

OES Annex IV Webinar #8 Collision Risk Webinar - Understanding and Resolving the Problem in Scotland March 15, 2016

This webinar serves as a follow up to the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Collision risk to marine animals was discussed, including the regulatory landscape in Scotland and the latest insights from current UK research.