MHK Environmental Seminar Overview

On April 9, 2013 the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jointly hosted a seminar to showcase recent developments in research on the environmental effects of Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. Experts in a number of fields came together to share new developments on topics such as baseline and monitoring data collection, instrumentation, modeling and experimentation, and synthesis and dissemination. With representatives of many Federal agencies attending (FERC, BOEM, NMFS, FWS, NPS, Navy), the seminar was able to share this important scientific information with a regulatory audience. This information is now shared here with the Tethys community. Below you will find video recordings of the speakers along with copies of their presentations.

 

 

Baseline and Monitoring Data Collection


 Monitoring at NNMREC's Ocean Sentinel off the Oregon Coast

Belinda Batten, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

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Benthic Habitat Surveys for Informing Renewable Energy Development in the Pacific Northwest

Sarah Henkel, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

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Assessing the Effects of the ORPC TidGen on Fish in Cobscook Bay and Development of an ELAM Fish Behavior Model

Gayle Zydlewski, University of Maine and Mark Grippo, Argonne National Laboratory

Report: Fish in a Tidally Dynamic Region in Maine: Hydroacoustic Assessments in Relation to Tidal Power Development

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Instrumentation


 Development of an Adaptable Monitoring Package for Marine Renewable Energy Projects

Brian Polagye, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Report: Post-Installation Environmental Monitoring Summary, P-12690

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Development of Active Acoustic Monitoring (AAM) for Marine Mammals around MHK Devices

Peter Stein, Scientific Solutions Inc.

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Modeling and Experimentation


 Flume Measurements of Fish Behavior around Tidal Turbines

Paul Jacobson, Electric Power Research Institute & Mark Bevelhimer, Oakridge National Laboratory

Report: Evaluation of Fish Injury and Mortality Associated with Hydrokinetic Turbines

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Flume Measurements of Fish Behavior around Tidal Turbines

Mark Bevelhimer, Oakridge National Laboratory

Report: Behavioral Responses of Representative Freshwater Fish Species to Electromagnetic Fields

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Development of an EFDC Tool for Predicting Hydro and Sediment Dynamic Changes from Current Based Devices

Jesse Roberts, Sandia National Laboratories

Report: Further Investigation of Wave Energy Converter Effects on Wave Fields: A Subsequent Modeling Sensitivity Study in Monterey Bay, CA

Report: SNL-EFDC Model Application to Cobscook Bay ME

Report: SNL-EFDC Model Application to Scotlandville Bend, Mississippi River

Report: SNL-EFDC Simulations of MHK-Related Changes to Tidal Range and Flushing

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Laboratory Evaluation of the Effects of Tidal Noise on Fish

Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Report: Effects of Tidal Turbines Noise on Fish Hearing and Tissues

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Synthesis and Dissemination


 Sharing Information on Environmental Effects - Tethys Knowledge Base and the International Annex IV Initiative and Assocaited Tethys Database

Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Energy Development around the World: Annex IV Final Report

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