Expert Forum #5
Lead by Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
January 12, 2017
As the first tidal turbine arrays are coming online, the opportunity to monitor environmental interactions and reduce uncertainty around key impacts is of increasing significance. To date, environmental monitoring methods have been wide ranging and have varied in success, often reflecting budget availability and operational restrictions around test deployments. There are however a number of projects that are now installed and operating around the world which have comprehensive, integrated environmental monitoring programs focused on reducing uncertainty and risk.
This provides a unique opportunity for strategic collaboration across projects and jurisdictions to help identify and solve common challenges associated with environmental monitoring and to ensure that the maximum value can be gained from the data gathered from these initial deployments and arrays.
This forum introduced the teams currently involved in environmental monitoring around operational tidal turbines and arrays, as well as those that have completed monitoring surveys. This initial expert forum also identified areas that warrant further discussion.
The slides presented are available here.
Experts who Participated in this Discussion Included (in order of appearance):
- Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Anna Redden, Acadia University
- Jason Wood, SMRU Consulting
- Benjamin Williamson & Beth Scott, University of Aberdeen
- Carol Sparling, SMRU Consulting
- Haley Viehman, Acadia University
- Garrett Stains, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Nate Johnson, ORPC
- Shari Matzner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Jonathan Colby, Verdant Power
- Chris Tomichek, Kleinschmidt Associates
- Sue Barr, OpenHydro, Ltd.
A video recording of the discussion has been posted below:
- Expert Forum #4: Expert Forum: Risk of Collision between Marine Mammals and Tidal Turbines - Assessing at the Population Level, Online, 16 August 2016
- Expert Forum #3: Expert Forum: Potential Risks to Larvae and Plankton from Tidal Turbines, Online, 11 August 2016
- Expert Forum #2: Expert Forum: Risk of Collision between Marine Animals and Tidal Turbines, Online, 16 December 2014