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. The primary audiences we hope to reach will include regulators, MRE device and project developers, and other researchers. Each webinar will showcase four to five experts.
The first webinar, Update on Monitoring and Research Around Turbines, will be held 21 April; the second webinar, Design and Application of Integrated Monitoring Platforms for Monitoring Around MRE Devices, will be held 22 April; and the third webinar, Updates on Monitoring and Research Around Wave Devices, will be held 23 April.
- Through her role as Senior Consultant at Aquatera Jennifer has broad experience in the communication and dissemination of marine renewable energy projects. With a degree in Zoology (2011) and an MSc (2013) in Marine Biology, Jennifer brings a strong scientific background to her work within the marine renewable energy sector. In her five years at Aquatera, Jennifer has been involved in many projects with roles ranging from the environmental impact assessment and consenting to the knowledge transfer and stakeholder engagement. Jennifer also manages the ORJIP Ocean Energy programme, which is a UK-wide collaborative programme of environmental research with the aim of reducing consenting risks for wave, tidal stream and tidal range projects. Through ORJIP Ocean Energy, current knowledge and prioritised research gaps are presented and summarised to stakeholders such as academia, nature conservation advisors, industry, regulators and policy makers in order to ensure that information is available to all stakeholder in a concise and organised fashion.
- Dr. Andrea E. Copping joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim in 2006, as the Senior Program Manager for marine and coastal waters. Andrea is the research lead for marine and hydrokinetic energy development, and for offshore wind development, for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, on behalf of the US Department of Energy. Dr. Copping’s projects focus on environmental impacts from the development of wave, tidal, offshore wind, ocean current and riverine energy installations, and the role that these effects could play in technology development and project initiation across the nation. Using risk-based approaches, the marine and hydrokinetic and offshore wind team lead by Dr. Copping integrates laboratory, field and modeling measurements into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and permitting decisions. Dr. Copping works across several scientific disciplines to determine implications of human stressors on marine resources and ecosystems processes, working with stakeholder groups and resource managers to ensure that the available scientific information is accessible and available.
- Dorian Overhus is a Marine Renewable Energy Research Associate for the Coastal Sciences Division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located in Seattle, WA and has been a part of the lab since 2019. Ms. Overhus has a strong background in environmental science, wildlife conservation, and marine biology. She works across several scientific disciplines to determine implications of human stressors on marine resources and ecosystem processes, and works with stakeholder groups and resource managers to ensure that the available scientific information is accessible and available, particularly through www.tethys.pnnl.gov. Her recent research has been focused on environmental impacts from the development of wave, tidal, offshore and land-based wind, ocean current, and riverine energy installations and the role that these effects could play in the global industry. Her other work revolves around the Blue Economy, including ocean observation and offshore energy to power the maritime industry.
- Dr Doug Gillespie is a physicist by training (PhD Particle Physics, Univ’ Liverpool 1993). Since 1995 he has been developing software for the detection and tracking of marine mammals using passive acoustics. He currently manages, and is a key developer of the PAMGuard software, an open source project providing Detection Classification and Localisation algorithms for monitoring marine mammal vocalisations. Current research interests involve the development of multi-hydrophone tracking arrays for fine scale movement studies of small cetaceans in the vicinity of tidal energy generators. He is currently completing analysis of a large dataset tracking porpoises around a tidal turbine in Scotland. High frequency (500kHz) data were collected continuously (24/7) on 12 hydrophones for a two-year period with initial processing taking place in real time, followed by operator screening, resulting in around 1500 porpoise encounters and multiple tracks of animals passing close to the turbine.
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Sustainable Marine Energy - Craig Chandler
Sabella - Diane Dhomé
- Diane Dhomé is head of commercial projects at SABELLA, a French company developing a tidal turbine technology. She joined SABELLA more than 8 years ago as a project manager after her engineering studies in France and Sweden and a specialization in marine renewable energies. She was involved in the flagship demonstration project Sabella D10, including environmental impact assessment, environmental monitoring, permitting, construction and marine operations. She is now also in charge of the PHARES project which will include two commercial tidal turbines for Ushant island. She is also involved in pre-commercial projects.
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Minesto - Gemma Veneruso