Wildlife Densities and Habitat Use Across Temporal and Spatial Scales on the Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (2012-2014)

Report

Title: Wildlife Densities and Habitat Use Across Temporal and Spatial Scales on the Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (2012-2014)
Publication Date:
October 01, 2015
Document Number: BRI2015-11
Pages: 814
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Document Access

Website: External Link
Attachment: Access File
(41 MB)

Citation

Williams, K.; Connelly, E.; Johnson, S.; Stenhouse, J. (2015). Wildlife Densities and Habitat Use Across Temporal and Spatial Scales on the Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (2012-2014). Report by Biodiversity Research Institute. pp 814.
Abstract: 

The Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project was funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office in 2011, with additional support from a wide range of partners. The study was intended to help address environmental barriers to offshore wind energy development in the mid-Atlantic region and promote the incorporation of environmental data into siting and permitting processes. The study goal was to provide regulators, developers, and other stakeholders with comprehensive baseline ecological data and analyses that could help address environmental permitting requirements for current and future projects, and would serve as a starting point for more site-specific studies. In particular, we produced information that could be used to identify: 1) important wildlife areas, 2) data gaps, and 3) approaches for collecting and incorporating natural resource data into decision making. To address this goal, project funders and collaborators from a range of academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, foundations, and private companies came together to study bird, sea turtle, and marine mammal distributions, densities, and movements on the mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf between 2012 and 2014. The specific study area in the mid-Atlantic was chosen because it was viewed as a likely region for near-term wind energy development offshore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, particularly within three federally designated Wind Energy Areas (WEAs).

 

To access the full-color summary report including project goals, activities, and an overview of the results from the final technical report for the Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project, click here:

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Studies: Distribution and Abundance of Wildlife along the Eastern Seaboard 2012-2014

 

Below are the individual sections of the final technical report.

Full Report—42 MB

 

Table of Contents and Executive Summary

Introduction to Part II: Examining wildlife distributions and relative abundance from a digital video aerial survey platform

Introduction to Part III: Examining wildlife distributions and abundance using boat-based surveys

Introduction to Part IV: Integrating data across survey platforms

Introduction to Part V: Individual movements and habitat use for focal bird species

Introduction to Part VI: Nocturnal avian migration monitoring

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