Kickoff Wednesday, July 27, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

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Emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies convert wave, tidal, ocean current, river in-stream, and ocean thermal energy into electricity.  These technologies have potential to serve as low-carbon energy sources for many regions of the United States.  In order to ensure the responsible deployment of these technologies as they are developed, a number of different agencies, federal research institutions, and universities are working to research the potential environmental impacts of MHK technologies.  The Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal agencies involved in reviewing, permitting, and regulating MHK are working to coordinate and collaborate on MHK environmental research as well as disseminate resulting products to other labs, federal agencies, industry, and interested stakeholders. This webinar series aims to increase awareness of current research efforts.


Webinar Schedule:

 July 27, 1-3pm (EDT) Hydrokinetics Environmental Data Management, Cumulative Impacts and Risk Assessment:

This webinar will focus on efforts to develop tools to manage and share data on environmental issues related to MHK deployment and methods to assess cumulative impacts and environmental risk.  This webinar will provide information on current efforts to increase availability and initiate better management practices of these data to inform responsible permitting and siting of MHK projects. Projects highlighted will include:

  • Knowledge Management System, Tethys and Environmental Risk Evaluation System (Andrea Copping and Scott Butner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre (Christine Taylor, BOEM and Dave Stein, NOAA)
  • International Perspective on Environmental Risks of Wave and Tidal Energy Development (Gareth Davies, Aquatera)
  • Cumulative Impact Assessment and Probabilistic Modeling Tools to Inform MHK Siting (Paul Manson, Parametrix/Aquatera)
  • Conceptual Models of the Impacts of MHK Arrays (Mark Grippo and Ihor Hlohowskyj, Argonne National Laboratory)

August (Date TBD) Research on Potential Effects on Marine Animals This webinar will focus on research evaluating the probability of and potential effects of interactions between marine and hydrokinetic technologies and aquatic organisms.

September (Date TBD) Monitoring Technologies and Strategies: This webinar will focus on developing methodologies for monitoring MHK devices post-deployment, including monitoring framework development and the use of passive and active acoustics to monitor aquatic animal behavior around MHK devices.  Another topic highlighted in this webinar will be insight into how these monitoring techniques may be used to develop mitigation measures in the future if needed.