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 Sort descending Description
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.

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 #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 #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 #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 OSW Monitoring Webinar Wildlife Monitoring and Basline Studies for Offshore Wind Development April 24, 2013

This webinar focuses on presenting initial results of the first year of data collection for two large-scale studies in the US that establish baseline data to aid in the siting and permitting of future projects.

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.

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.

WREN Webinar #1 Bats and Wind Energy Webinar September 3, 2014

This webinar addressed the issue of reducing bat fatalities from land-based wind in the US and central Europe.

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.

WREN Webinar #2 Attraction and Interaction of Marine Mammals and Seabirds to Offshore Wind Farms Webinar December 9, 2014

The presenters provide examples of research methodologies for the detection of animal populations in the vicinity of offshore wind farms, describe the technologies used to detect the animals, and, where available, discuss any existing mitigation measures or post installation/operation monitoring.

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.

WREN Webinar #3 Understanding Avian Collision Rate Modeling and Discussing what this Means in a Population Context at Land-Based and Offshore Windfarms April 2, 2015

Wind farms can impact birds through collisions, barrier effects and displacement and habitat loss. Of these, collisions have attracted the most attention as the effects of direct mortality are considered to have the greatest potential to impact bird populations.

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 #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.

WREN Webinar #4 Avian Sensitivity Mapping and Wind Energy August 27, 2015

The speakers present on tools they have developed to assess the potential vulnerability of birds to wind energy development.

BRI Webinar Mid-Atlantic Baseline Study Webinar November 17, 2015

The goal of the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies (MABS) Project was to provide comprehensive baseline ecological data and associated predictive models and maps to regulators, developers, and other stakeholders for offshore wind energy.

WREN Webinar #5 Wildlife Monitoring and Wind Energy December 2, 2015

This webinar details monitoring tools and large-scale monitoring efforts related to offshore wind energy.

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.

WREN Webinar #6 Monitoring Bat Activity Offshore March 1, 2016

This webinar details techniques for monitoring bat activities offshore, in order to determine the impact that offshore wind may have on bat populations.

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.

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 #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.

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 #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 #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.

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.

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 #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 #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 #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.

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.

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.

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 #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.

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.

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.

Tethys Webinar Tethys Wind Webinar June 25, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 #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.