Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER)
At the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are jointly leading a multi-year collaborative effort to facilitate knowledge transfer for offshore wind research around the world. The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) effort aims to synthesize key issues and disseminate existing knowledge about environmental effects, inform applicability to U.S. waters, and prioritize future research needs.
- Succinctly summarize the understanding of environmental effects, monitoring tools, assessment methods, and mitigation strategies for offshore wind development on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coasts based on existing research from around the world.
- Examine which of the state-of-the-art methods and technologies are relevant to offshore wind environmental issues specific to the U.S. industry.
- Identify knowledge and research gaps based on the: 1) diversity of species, habitat uses, and stressors in U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coast waters, 2) U.S. environmental legal/regulatory structure, and 3) offshore wind technological trends and innovations.
- Collaboratively develop outcomes together with existing science entities and regional working groups to fully leverage community expertise.
- Research Briefs: Review state of the knowledge on stressor/receptor interactions, provide evaluation of technical considerations, monitoring methods and technologies, mitigation measures, and cumulative impacts.
- Webinar Series: Disseminate findings presented in Research Briefs to the offshore wind industry and others who are interested.
- Research Recommendations: Summarize information gaps, barriers, and current challenges for U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coasts to inform or guide future development efforts.
Through significant stakeholder outreach and engagement efforts, a set of research topics was identified that cover a range of stressor/receptor interactions, technology considerations, and cross-cutting themes that are pertinent to offshore wind development on both the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coasts.
A webinar series is being planned that will include webinars on the findings of Research Brief topics shown above. Stay tuned for more information!
Regional workshops will be held in 2022 with U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coast offshore wind stakeholders to inform a set of research recommendations that will guide future efforts in the United States. More information on the regional workshops will be made available in Fall 2021.
Any questions related to SEER can be directed to the following individuals: