Environmental Webinars

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.

You can sign up to receive invitations to live webinars here.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OES Annex IV Webinar #7 Adaptive Management in the Marine Renewable Energy Industry Webinar January 27, 2016

This webinar delves into the concept of Adaptive Management (AM), and how it can be used as an effective decision making process in the face of uncertainty for the marine renewable energy industry.

OES Annex IV Webinar #6 Marine Renewable Energy Test Centers and Environmental Effects Research Webinar July 21, 2015

This webinar discusses current environmental research efforts focused around marine renewable energy test centers and what is being planned for future test centers.

OES Annex IV Webinar #5 The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Marine Animals Webinar May 7, 2015

This webinar provides an overview of EMF in the marine environment, how additional EMF signatures from marine renewable energy devices may effect certain marine organisms, and how research efforts are addressing this issue.

OES Annex IV Webinar #4 Effects of Energy Removal on Physical Systems Webinar February 3, 2015

This webinar features three modeling approaches that examine potential changes to physical systems. As wave and tidal devices are installed at commercial scales, measurements may be made to validate the models.

OES Annex IV Webinar #3 Tidal Energy Research in the Bay of Fundy Webinar October 27, 2014

This webinar highlights the work being done by four scientists who focus their research on elucidating the tidal energy resource and potential in the Bay of Fundy, and how tidal energy developments there may affect the surrounding marine environment.

OES Annex IV Webinar #2 Interactions of Marine Mammals and Birds Around Marine Energy Devices Webinar May 19, 2014

Presenters discuss several approaches aimed at understanding the interactions between marine mammals and diving seabirds around wave and tidal energy devices.

OES Annex IV Webinar #1 Instrumentation Workshop Webinar January 23, 2014

An instrumentation workshop was held in June of 2013 to discuss the current state of the science for environmental monitoring around MHK devices.

DOE MHK Webinar #5 The Annex IV Project April 3, 2012

This webinar conveys information on the Annex IV project which center on international data sharing efforts for potential environmental effects of marine renewable energy to understand effects, minimizing the potential for redundancy of efforts, and increasing the efficiency of the permitting and consenting process.

DOE MHK Webinar #4 Acoustic Impacts Webinar December 14, 2011

Anthropogenic noise production in the marine environment is a known stressor to many different aquatic species. This webinar focused on research efforts focused on determining the potential impacts of MHK-produced noise to aquatic animals.

DOE MHK Webinar #3 Monitoring Technologies and Strategies Webinar September 14, 2011

Topics of this webinar focused on developing methodologies for monitoring MHK devices post-deployment, including monitoring framework development and the use of passive and active acoustics to monitor aquatic animal behavior around MHK devices.

DOE MHK Webinar #2 Aquatic Animal Interaction with Marine and Hydrokinetic Devices Webinar August 29, 2011

Discussions focused on the probability and extent of damage occurring as a result of interaction between aquatic animals and MHK devices.

DOE MHK Webinar #1 Environmental Data Management, Cumulative Impacts and Risk Assessment Webinar July 27, 2011

Webinar presentations showcase methods for dissemination of valuable environmental data.