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Wildlife and Renewable Energy: Offshore Studies
Wildlife and Renewable Energy: Offshore Studies

Siting and permitting processes for offshore wind energy development are informed by our understanding of baseline distributions and abundance of wildlife populations in the marine environment. Since 2012, we have been focused on this goal for waters off the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The project teams include researchers from federal and state agencies, nonprofits, academia, and private companies.

Lead Investigator: Kate Williams

 

Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies

The Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies (MABS) project (2012-2015) was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and a wide range of other partners. Project activities included boat surveys, high resolution digital video aerial surveys, tracking of focal species, nocturnal avian migration monitoring, and development of analytical and modeling approaches for studying wildlife in the offshore mid-Atlantic. Click here for more information.

 

Maryland Baseline Studies

The Maryland Project (2013-2015) expanded MABS boat and aerial surveys in waters offshore of Maryland. Click here for more information.
 

Data

Databases developed as part of the MABS and Maryland Projects are available for download here.
 

Reports

Project reports and manuscripts developed from the MABS and Maryland Projects are available for download here.
 

Media Resources

Please join us on November 17 for an in-depth informational webinar.

Click here for media resources.

 

Press Coverage

ECO Magazine Newsletter, Oct. 28, 2015
reNEWS
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Oct. 28, 2015
Offshore Wind
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Oct. 27, 2015

 

This work was supported by the Department of Energy (under Award Number DE-EE0005362) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Energy Administration (under Contract Number 14-13-1653 MEA), with additional support from a wide range of partners. More information on the main Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies and Maryland Project pages.

Disclaimers:  This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources or the Maryland Energy Administration. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the State.

 

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