Water Quality

The chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water.

Water Quality

 

Water quality refers to the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, including temperature, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen content, and concentration of contaminants. Water quality is crucial to support the many animal and plant organisms that live in it. Marine and freshwater environments can be very sensitive to changes in water quality, especially dissolved oxygen concentration, salinity, nutrient levels, and presence of contaminants or chemicals. As offshore wind and marine renewable energy devices are placed in the water, changes in flow may occur around this new obstruction due to energy removal and may affect the distribution of these water components. While the effects of individual devices may be localized, arrays may have a greater impact on changes in water quality in the farfield environment and on ecosystem processes. Estuaries may be the most susceptible to impacts, as researchers theorize that significant energy extraction may increase vertical mixing while decreasing flushing. This may result in positive impacts such as higher concentrations of bottom water dissolved oxygen, while also negatively affecting water quality by increasing contaminants and phytoplankton production. Numerical models are often used to estimate changes in water quality, but it is difficult to quantify change in such a complex system with natural variability and climate change.

 

Total Results: 23
Title Author Datesort ascending Type of Content Technology Type Stressor Receptor
Potential effects of deep seawater discharge by an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant on the marine microorganisms in oligotrophic waters Giraud, M., et al. November 2019 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), OTEC Habitat Change Physical Environment, Water Quality
On the Potential Impact of Lake Erie Wind Farms on Water Temperatures and Mixed‐Layer Depths: Some Preliminary 1‐D Modeling Using COHERENS Afsharian, S., Taylor, P. February 2019 Journal Article Wind Energy (General), Offshore Wind Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
The influence of waves on morphodynamic impacts of energy extraction at a tidal stream turbine site in the Pentland Firth Fairley, I., Karunarathna, H., Masters, I. September 2018 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Wave Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality, Human Dimensions, Environmental Impact Assessment
The Effect of a Wave Energy Farm Protecting an Aquaculture Installation Silva, D., Rusu, E., Soares, C. August 2018 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Wave Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
Zooplankton Community Responses and the Relation to Environmental Factors from Established Offshore Wind Farms within the Rudong Coastal Area of China Wang, T., et al. July 2018 Journal Article Wind Energy (General), Offshore Wind Ecosystem Processes, Physical Environment, Water Quality
Modeling Hydro-environmental Impacts of Tidal Range Renewable Energy Projects in Coastal Waters Falconer, R., Angeloudis, A., Ahmadian, R. February 2018 Book Chapter Marine Energy (General), Tidal Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Potential Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms on North Sea Stratification Carpenter, J., et al. August 2016 Journal Article Wind Energy (General), Offshore Wind Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
Numerical Modelling of Wave Energy Converters: Environmental Impact Assessment Kregting, L., Elsäßer, B. June 2016 Book Chapter Marine Energy (General), Wave Changes in Flow Sediment Transport, Water Quality
OXYFLUX, an innovative wave-driven device for the oxygenation of deep layers in coastal areas: A physical investigation Antonini, A., Lamberti, A., Archetti, R. October 2015 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Wave Physical Environment, Water Quality
TeraWatt Position Papers: A "Toolbox" of Methods to Better Understand and Assess the Effects of Tidal and Wave Energy Arrays on the Marine Environment Murray, R., et al. August 2015 Report Marine Energy (General), Tidal, Wave Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
The assessment of extactable tidal energy and the effect of tidal energy turbine deployment on the hydrodynamics in Zhoushan Hou, F., et al. May 2015 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Tidal Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
A Modeling Study of the Potential Water Quality Impacts from In-Stream Tidal Energy Extraction Wang, T., Yang, Z., Copping, A. January 2015 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Tidal Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
Modeling the Effects of Tidal Energy Extraction on Estuarine Hydrodynamics in a Stratified Estuary Yang, Z., Wang, T. January 2015 Journal Article Marine Energy (General) Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
A Gis-Based System for Assessing Marine Water Quality Around Offshore Platforms Lu, F., Chen, Z., Liu, W. December 2014 Journal Article Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
The Influence of Large Offshore Wind Farms on the North Sea and Baltic Sea - A Comprehensive Literature Review Clark, S., Schroeder, F., Baschek, B. December 2014 Report Wind Energy (General), Offshore Wind Changes in Flow Ecosystem Processes, Physical Environment, Water Quality
Modeling of In-Stream Tidal Energy Development and its Potential Effects in Tacoma Narrows Washington USA Yang, Z., et al. October 2014 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), Tidal Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
Effects of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Systems on Near and Far Field Seawater Properties - A Case Study for Hawaii Jia, Y., Nihous, G., Richards, K. November 2012 Journal Article Marine Energy (General), OTEC Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
Salish Sea Model: Simulation of Tidal Circulation, Nutrients Loading, Transport and Biogeochemical Processes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory November 2012 Website Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Assessing the Far Field Effects of Tidal Power Extraction on the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Maine and Scotian Shelf Sheng, J., et al. June 2012 Report Marine Energy (General), Tidal Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Effective Monitoring Strategies Conley, D. April 2011 Presentation Marine Energy (General), Wave Changes in Flow Birds, Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Simulating Environmental Changes Due to Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Installations James, S., et al. September 2010 Conference Paper Marine Energy (General), Wind Energy (General), Offshore Wind Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Effects of Artificial Reefs (Southern Portugal) on Sediment-Water Transport of Nutrients: Importance of the Hydrodynamic Regime Falcão, M., et al. August 2009 Journal Article Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Sediment Transport, Water Quality
Environmental Issues of Natural Temperature Differences Utilization Gauthier, M. August 2005 Book Chapter Marine Energy (General), OTEC Changes in Flow Physical Environment, Water Quality
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