The New York Energy Research and Development Authority is hosting its second State of the Science Workshop on Offshore Wind Energy on May 5-6, 2020 in Rye Brook, New York. The two-day workshop will focus on assessing the state of the knowledge regarding offshore wind development's cumulative effects on populations and ecosystems and working to identify key studies that could be conducted in the next 3-5 years to improve our understanding of cumulative biological impacts as the offshore wind industry develops in the U.S.
The first day of the workshop will consist of plenary presentations exploring approaches for the study of cumulative impacts to wildlife, and the current state of knowledge of cumulative impacts from offshore wind development on different taxonomic groups. The second day will primarily consist of smaller workshops focused on developing research plans to improve our understanding of cumulative impacts for benthos, fishes and mobile invertebrates, birds, bats, marine mammals, sea turtles, and habitats and ecosystems. Participation in breakout groups will require prior approval of workshop leads.
A poster session will be held on the evening of May 5, where workshop attendees will have an opportunity to share their work relating to wildlife and offshore wind. Posters are encouraged from all workshop participants and do not have to be focused on cumulative impacts.