A combination of modelling tools was applied to simulate the impacts of the future Courseulles-sur-mer offshore wind farm (OWF) construction (Bay of Seine, English Channel) on the ecosystem structure and functioning. To do so, food-web models of the ecosystem under three scenarios were constructed to investigate the effect caused by the OWF of added substrate (reef effect), fishing restriction (reserve effect), and their combined effect. Further, Ecological Network Analysis indices and Mean Trophic Level were derived to investigate their suitability for detecting changes in the ecosystem state. Our analysis suggests changes in the ecosystem structure and functioning after the OWF construction, the ecosystem maturity was predicted to increase, but no alterations in its overall resilience capacity.
Measuring sensitivity of two OSPAR indicators for a coastal food web model under offshore wind farm construction
Title: Measuring sensitivity of two OSPAR indicators for a coastal food web model under offshore wind farm construction
July 19, 2018
Journal: Ecological Indicators
Raoux, A.; Lassalle, G.; Pezy, J.; Tecchio, S.; Safi, G.; Ernande, B.; Mazé, C.; Le Loch, F.; Lequesne, J.; Girardin, V.; Dauvin, J.; Niquil, N. (2018). Measuring sensitivity of two OSPAR indicators for a coastal food web model under offshore wind farm construction. Ecological Indicators,, 1-11.