Managing Marine Renewable Energy Development: Adaptive Management
Uncertainty surrounding the potential impacts of marine renewable energy (MRE) technologies on sensitive marine animals, habitats, and ecosystem processes means that even robust baseline environmental information cannot comprehensively address all pre-deployment knowledge gaps. Tools and practical approaches are needed to help with the sustainable development of the industry. Adaptive management (AM) enables MRE projects to be deployed gradually, despite uncertainty, in a way that prevents unacceptable harm to the marine environment.
This Short Science Summary was developed based on the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World, specifically Chapter 12: Adaptive Management Related to Marine Renewable Energy.