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.
- Jennifer Fox, Aquatera Ltd.
- 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.
- Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- 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, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- 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.
- Background on wave energy research and monitoring - Jennifer Fox and Kate Smith, Aquatera Ltd. & Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- SEA Wave - Matthew Witt, University of Exeter
- Matthew Witt is an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter; he is a marine scientist and conservation biologist. His research focuses on animal habitat-use and human-wildlife overlap, including fisheries, offshore energy extraction and the role of protected areas. He uses a variety of technologies to help this research, including satellite tracking and remote deployable video systems. His research relies upon spatial ecology and data visualisation to improve our capacity to manage human activities at sea. He has worked on a range of highly migratory marine species in the Atlantic Ocean, including basking sharks, leatherback turtles and the Atlantic bluefin tuna.
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- WESE - Juan Bald, AZTI-Tecnalia & Teresa Simas, WavEC - Offshore Renewables
- Dr. Juan Bald (male). PhD in Biology by the University of Navarra and Maîtrise de Sciences de l'Environnement, Section Océanologie by the University of Bordeaux (France). He works at AZTI since 1999, since 2010 as Principal Researcher and since 2016 he is Coordinator of the Environmental Management Area of Seas and Coasts of AZTI. He is specialist in the management of shellfish resources, indicators of the physical-chemical state of estuary and coastal waters in relation to the Water Framework Directive and the development of environmental impact studies. He has worked on various impact studies caused by culture cages, marinas, dredging and recently in relation to marine renewable energy projects (waves and wind) in the framework of projects financed at national and European level (it should be noted that he is general coordinator of the Wave Energy in the Southern Europe project, WESE, http://www.wese-project.eu/). He participates or has participated in teaching activities in several Postgraduate Masters at the University of the Basque Country, the University of Navarra and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Since 2018 he is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Navarra, teaching the subject of Organization and Project Management in the Degree of Environmental Sciences. He is a member of Annex IV of the International Energy Agency and of the Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy (WGMRE) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). As a result of the participation in all these projects, 25 articles have been published in indexed journals (index h = 19; with 1,272 citations, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Juan_Bald; https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=12765288600).
- Teresa Simas started her career in 1996 as an associate researcher at the New University of Lisbon, where she completed her MSc and PhD on Marine Ecology and Environmental Engineering. She went on to work as a consultant on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Portugal and on marine project EIAs. She joined WavEC in 2008 as head of department and has been involved in several R&D projects and services on marine technology environmental assessment. She lectures on ocean habitats and EIA for the European Masters in Renewable Energy (EUREC) at IST University of Lisbon.
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- Lysekil - Anke Bender, Uppsala University
- Anke Bender is a PhD candidate at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her project is part of the Lysekil Wave Power Project. The wave energy research group at Uppsala University test full-scale devices and technology solutions at a research test site outside the town Lysekil at the west coast of Sweden. Since 2016, she is working with environmental effects from wave power with the focus on mobile mega fauna. For that purpose long-term field studies are conducted and evaluated.
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- OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2: OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2: Design and Application of Integrated Monitoring Platforms for Monitoring Around MRE Devices, Online, 22 April 2020