Rapid development of Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MREDs) strongly focuses on tidal and wave sites, although little is known of impacts on surrounding ecosystems. Quantification of the behavior and distribution of animals around MREDs is crucial to understanding these impacts. The NERC/Defra collaboration FLOw, Water column and Benthic ECology (FLOWBEC) produced an innovative subsea platform , which includes an Imagenex multibeam echosounder oriented along the axis of tidal flow, and an EK60 multifrequency echosounder, identifying targets and characterising the morphology of turbulence. Co-registration and tracking  will be illustrated with examples from five 2-week deployments at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Acoustic Imaging around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field Deployments of the FLOWBEC Platform
Title: Acoustic Imaging around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field Deployments of the FLOWBEC Platform
July 06, 2016
Conference Name: 3rd PRIMaRE Conference
Conference Location: Bath, UK
Publisher: University of Bath
Williamson, B.; Bondel, P.; Waggitt, J.; Fraser, S.; Bell, P.; Scott, B. (2016). Acoustic Imaging around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field Deployments of the FLOWBEC Platform. Paper Presented at the 3rd PRIMaRE Conference, Bath, UK.