VertIBase - Supporting evidence-based decision-making on marine vertebrate interactions with wave and tidal energy technologies

Lead Research Organisation: Cranfield University
Department Name: School of Water, Energy and Environment

Abstract

Ambitious plans for the large-scale deployment of wave and tidal energy are underway to meet carbon reduction targets, with the deployment of 1.6GW of generation planned for the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters (PFOW), and smaller deployments planned off the coast of Wales and Isle of Wight. In parallel, numerous wave and tidal energy technologies are under development by companies ranging from small embryonic SMEs to multinational engineering companies, whilst test sites, including the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) have been established, seabed leases awarded by the Crown Estate, and the deployment of the first, small scale, arrays of devices underway.

Amongst this race to develop technology and sites, concerns regarding potential interactions between wave and tidal energy devices/developments and marine mammals, seabirds and fish have emerged. These have formed the basis for the NERC/Defra Understanding How Marine Renewable Device Operations Influences Fine Scale Habitat Use and Behaviour of Marine Vertebrates (RESPONSE) (NE/J004251/1; NE/J000884/1). The study has provided new multi-disciplinary perspectives of the issue, from field studies investigating potential interactions, to the risk management challenges it poses across the wave and tidal sector.

The project will directly address the challenges associated with potential marine vertebrate interactions by translating the new emerging evidence and lessons learned from the RESPONSE, FLOWBEC and MREKEP risk and uncertainty study, to inform decision-making on this potentially significant risk to the development of the wave and tidal energy sector. Through direct engagement with a community of stakeholders, incorporating device and site developers, regulators, advisory bodies, NGOs and industry associations, the embedding of this evidence in site scoping, technology design, monitoring, mitigation and consenting processes will be a practical outcome of this work.

Planned Impact

This project's potential beneficiaries includes wave and tidal energy technology/site developers, contractors and engineering companies, utilities, government, regulators, statutory nature conservation advisors, nature conservation bodies, environmental consultancy, investors, members of the public and communities. Impacts include:
Improved access to the latest knowledge on marine vertebrate interactions - will be of significant value to organisations from across the sector, reducing uncertainties, and supporting evidenced-based decision-making processes. This will clarify and aid the identification of actual hazards/risks.
Improved risk literacy - will be achieved by embedding fundamental risk and science concepts in the support material produced.
Cross-sector and discipline engagement - fostering engagement between organisations across the sector on marine vertebrate interaction issues. The project will trigger dialogue and change amongst organisations/individuals who may not have considered such issues (e.g. investors, engineers) and the environment sector/specialists who may not appreciate the potential business/engineering implications of their decisions/advice.
Improved awareness and risk management - improved consideration of potential marine vertebrate interaction risks throughout the project lifecycle, across the sector (e.g. contractors).
Improved site scoping and screening - will enable potentially inappropriate sites (e.g. with protected populations of seals) to be identified at an earlier stage than has been to-date, where deployments have been undertaken/planned in such areas, incurring project delays, costly mitigation measures and threatened the viability of companies.
Improved Environmental Statements - improved knowledge, scoping and screening will potentially result in improvements in the quality of Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Statements.
Effective and efficient monitoring technologies and strategies - the recommendations for improvements to existing monitoring techniques, particularly shore and boat based mammal observers, and the adoption of new monitoring technologies will improve the effectiveness of monitoring activities and reduce costs.
Development of new mitigation approaches - improved understanding of marine vertebrate interactions will enable future devices and deployments to be designed to 'engineer out' the potential risk of harm to marine vertebrates.
Improved evidence base - improving the currently uncertain evidence base on marine vertebrate interactions, supporting regulators and advisory bodies involved in consenting processes. This will aid objective and efficient decision-making, potentially reducing the potential risk of delays to developers.
Effective monitoring and mitigations conditions - the identification of effective monitoring and mitigation conditions in consents will be improved by the new information regarding monitoring strategies and marine vertebrate behaviour.
Wider benefits will be brought to society in the following areas:
Improved public and community awareness - the potential stakeholder and reputational risks associated with negative interactions between wave and tidal devices and marine vertebrates. Improving public and community awareness of issues including marine vertebrate behaviour around devices, and addressing potential misconceptions represents a key future challenge, and one that this project should help to address.
Economic growth - the deployment of wave and tidal energy is viewed as a crucial driver of economic growth. Marine vertebrate interactions are viewed as requiring careful management as they represent a potential barrier to deployment and investment.
Improved investor confidence - reducing uncertainties and project risks will help to raise investor confidence and help to retain the UK's lead in this field.
 
Description The research has had a number of non-academic impacts including: Supporting the wave and tidal energy industry, regulatory bodies and statutory advisory bodies in developing new environmental monitoring tools and technologies to reduce the impact of marine renewable energy developments on marine vertebrates and the environment. Supporting the development of new regulatory processes. Supported the development of environmental consenting/licensing/policy processes associated with wave and tidal energy developments. Engagement with wave and tidal technology developers and regulators including the training of staff and awareness raising of the potential for marine vertebrate interactions. Supporting the development of new curricula and training mechanisms to address skills gaps in the marine renewables industry, particularly those related to environmental monitoring and risk. This is through involvement of project members in the EU MATES project. Continued engagement with industry and practitioners to identify ongoing research needs and funding through involvement in Marine SuperGen. The project has led to project members being part of the EPSRC/NERC NSF-China INNO-MPP project, investigating the challenges associated with multi-purpose platforms. This has led to international engagement and discussion regarding marine vertebrate interactions and risks with UK and China practitioners, including government and industry. This has resulted in close collaboration with the National Ocean Technology Centre (NOTC) China.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Membership of Expert Panel for EU Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue Economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Simon Jude is a member of the Expert Panel for the EU Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue Economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy (MATES) Erasumus+ project. He has been providing expert input on skills gaps surrounding environmental risk, marine planning and marine renewable energy development, particularly in relation to the need to up-skill and develop new training for postgraduate students. MATES at a Glance PROGRAMME: Erasmus+ INSTRUMENT: Sector Skills Alliances (SSA) TOTAL BUDGET: €4.9 million DURATION: January 2018 - December 2021 (48 months) COORDINATOR: Centro Tecnológico del Mar (­­­Fundación CETMAR), Spain CONSORTIUM: 17 partners from eight countries Objectives MATES' objective is to develop a skills strategy that addresses the main drivers of change to the maritime industry, in particular shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy. Both sectors are strongly linked and require new capacities to succeed in an increasingly digital, green and knowledge driven economy. As a transversal line of action, MATES will carry out a robust dissemination and outreach plan. This aims to increase the attractiveness of the maritime industry, particularly careers in the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors, while also ensuring future adoption of the strategy. MATES will validate actions and priorities suggested by the skills strategy through the setup of 11 pilot case studies. These case studies will test the MATES concepts on digital skills, green skills, mobility, innovation management, curricula development and ocean literacy. Furthermore, the project will widen perceptions of Ocean Literacy initiatives by embedding an appropriate industrial perspective. It will spread an updated image for the maritime industry and send out a convincing message concerning the high-tech and long-term future of the maritime sector. Expected results and impact Development of a long-term Strategy and Action Plan to tackle the current and future skills shortages. Establishment and involvement of a Europe-wide network of projects, initiatives, organisations and experts. Identification of future skills and competence needs and the development of corresponding training and curricula. Greater alignment of industry needs and occupational profiles with training and curricula. Validation of training and education pathways for effectively increasing employability and career opportunities. Successful completion of 11 Pilot Experiences and identification of recommendations for the long-term strategy. Targeted industries better equipped to respond to challenges posed by digital, data and green technologies, through access to a more qualified labour force. Greater resilience in the maritime job market and the safeguarding of stable employment in the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors. A more competitive European maritime industry with increased attractiveness of maritime careers for graduates and early-career skilled workers. Transfer and exploitation of knowledge in support of Blue Growth.
URL https://www.projectmates.eu/about/about/
 
Description Training of researchers and policymakers - testing new technologies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Supported the training and travel of researchers for a research cruise on the MSS vessel Scotia at the MeyGen site (Pentland Firth, Stroma) July 2018, 20-25. Survey tested investigation of new methods for use of drones to assess potential changes to seabird and mammal foraging areas and issues of disturbance and displacement. The ultimate purpose being the reduction of costs of surveys for the renewables industry.
 
Description Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform
Amount £766,238 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R007497/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform
Amount £574,901 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R007497/2 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2020
 
Description Acadia University / FORCE workshop on Fish Population Level Effects of In-Stream Tidal Turbines, May 2017, Acadia, Nova Scotia (invited). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Acadia University / FORCE workshop on Fish Population Level Effects of In-Stream Tidal Turbines, May 2017, Acadia, Nova Scotia (invited).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description B.J. Williamson, S.J. Fraser, Ph. Blondel. P.S Bell, J.J. Waggitt, B.E. Scott. Multi-sensor acoustic tracking of fish and seabird behaviour around tidal turbine structures. The 4th Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition (UACE2017), Greece, September 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact B.J. Williamson, S.J. Fraser, Ph. Blondel. P.S Bell, J.J. Waggitt, B.E. Scott. Multi-sensor acoustic tracking of fish and seabird behaviour around tidal turbine structures. The 4th Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition (UACE2017), Greece, September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference presentation - NERC/KTN Challenges and opportunities of renewable energy conference, Westminster, 20th June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of NERC RESPONSE and Marine Renewable Knowledge Exchange Programme marine renewable energy environmental risk research at the NERC/KTN Challenges and opportunities in renewable energy conference in Westminster. The audience comprised academics, practitioners, industry representatives and wider stakeholders and led to debate regarding marine environmental risks and their impact on consenting processes. The presentation also fed into the discussion and idea session, which resulted in the development of a Highlight Topic submitted to the NERC SPAG. The presentation also resulted in new contacts being made with industry and practitioners, particularly the Chair of the Offshore Renewable Energy Joint Industry Programme, which has resulted in dialogue and engagement in relation to the VertIBase project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/events/list/renewables2016/
 
Description First Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMer) Programme Symposium: POTENTIAL INTERACTIONS OF MARINE RENEWABLES AND SEABIRDS - STRATEGIC RESEARCH FOR SCOTLAND 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact First Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMer) Programme Symposium: POTENTIAL INTERACTIONS OF MARINE RENEWABLES AND SEABIRDS - STRATEGIC RESEARCH
FOR SCOTLAND

Marine Scotland - Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

International policymakers, practitioners and academics developing a strategic research programme for Scotland on the potential interactions of marine renewables and seabirds. Participants included:

Jared Wilson
Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Phil Gilmour Bob Furness
Francis Daunt
Pia Ricca Marianna Chimienti
Kate Searle Aonghais Cook
Adam Butler
Liz Humphreys
Ross McGregor & Carl Donovan
Robin Ward
Janelle Braithwaite & Jared Wilson
Ian Davies
Marine Scotland Science
Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
Marine Scotland MacArthur Green
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
University of Aberdeen and McGill University
Aarhus University
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
British Trust for Ornithology
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
British Trust for Ornithology
HiDef Aerial Surveying Ltd. & DMP Statistical Solutions UK ltd
NIRAS Consulting Ltd
Marine Scotland & Marine Scotland Science
Marine Scotland Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description J.J. Waggitt, P.G.H. Evans, S.J. Fraser, P.W. Cazenave, E.A. Masden, P.E. Robins, A.M.C Robbins, B.E. Scott, R. Torres, G. Veneruso, H.M. Wade, B.J. Williamson, T. Whitton. Quantifying top-predators' use of hydrodynamic features in coastal regions; applied and ecological consequences. North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)/ICES 3rd Early Career Scientist Conference. Busan, Korea, May 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact J.J. Waggitt, P.G.H. Evans, S.J. Fraser, P.W. Cazenave, E.A. Masden, P.E. Robins, A.M.C Robbins, B.E. Scott, R. Torres, G. Veneruso, H.M. Wade, B.J. Williamson, T. Whitton. Quantifying top-predators' use of hydrodynamic features in coastal regions; applied and ecological consequences. North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)/ICES 3rd Early Career Scientist Conference. Busan, Korea, May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Joint VertiBase, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology and Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme workshop hosted by Marine Scotland Science at the Scottish Government, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) Marine Renewable Energy Forum and Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) and the VertIBase NERC KE project held a one day workshop atMarine Scotland Science (MSS) Victoria Quay, Edinburgh on Monday 20th February 2017 .

This was a focused workshop with a selected group of invited participants from UK Research Councils, Industry, European and UK Government Advisors & Regulators, Enterprise and Researchers and is the follow on of the MASTS/ORJIP workshop held in Glasgow, Oct 18, 2016

The aim of this second workshop was s 2 fold:
The 1st Aim is entitled Science translation for Industry/Regulators/Funders/Public: How best should the science communities be presenting new information? Active researchers from the VertlBase project (and more) will provide brief overviews of current results as examples of science translation. Facilitated and open discussion will be used to produce agreed methods, and processes to improve science translation between science providers, science funders and science users. In particular, opportunities for practitioners to engage with the VertIBase project were scoped to ensure that the project engages with end users and produces output that meet their needs.

The 2nd AIM was entitled: Making it Happen: Environmental related research from identification, though funding to translation to industry and policy. There will be updates from Industry, Funders and advances in the process of the development of an ORE environmental R&D strategy for the UK. Facilitated worked examples from multi-disciplinary research identification, to successful funding, through to translation of science will provide the ingredients for open debate across sectors on the best way forward to implement processes that entrench the importance of environmental research into future roadmaps for the marine renewable industry.

A number of future opportunities for VertIbase to engage with practitioners and regulators were identified as were future research proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lunchtime seminar on Marine renewable energy risks at Swansea University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lunchtime seminar on marine Marine renewable energy risks at the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University. Resulted in debate and discussion regarding the potential hazards and risks associated with marine renewables developments and future collaborations with researchers in the department, including the SEACAMS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MASTS and the Marine Renewable Energy Forum workshop on Japanese / Scotland Future Offshore Renewables, February 2018, Aberdeen. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact MASTS and the Marine Renewable Energy Forum workshop on Japanese / Scotland Future Offshore Renewables, February 2018, Aberdeen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Marine Alliance Science Technology Scotland (MASTS) workshop Conducting Fieldwork in Tidal Stream sites, Edinburgh 2nd November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MASTS workshop Conducting Fieldwork in Tidal Stream sites, Edinburgh 2nd November 2018 (Prof Beth Scott and Dr Benjamin Williamson Attended), 32 academics, technicians, technologists and marine renewable energy developers attended the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow to discuss the challenges faced conducting fieldwork in energetic tidal stream sites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Marine Mammals and Tidal Energy Research Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vertibase hosted a workshop on Marine Mammals and Tidal Energy Research Showcase in Halifax, Canada. Agenda
18:00-18:30 Welcome reception and drinks
18:30 Welcome and introduction, Dr Carol Sparling, SMRU Consulting
18:35 The NERC RESPONSE study. Harbour seals avoid tidal turbine noise: implications for collision risk, Dr Gordon Hastie, Sea Mammal Research Unit
18:45 First in-situ passive acoustic monitoring for marine mammals during operation of a tidal turbine in Ramsey Sound, Wales, Chloe Malinka, Aarhus University
18:55 The Scottish Government Demonstration Project: monitoring fine scale interactions between marine mammals and tidal turbines, Clair Evers, Sea Mammal Research Unit
19:05 Seal collision trials and telemetry tracking around an operating turbine array, Joe Onoufriou, Sea Mammal Research Unit
19:15 Monitoring the potential effects of tidal turbines on porpoise in the Bay of Fundy using C-PODS, Dr Jason Wood, SMRU Consulting
19:25 A multi-disciplinary approach to investigating collision risk of small cetaceans in Welsh waters, Gemma Veneruso, Bangor University
19:35 Key issues and challenges for UK regulation of the tidal energy industry, Ceri Morris, Natural Resources Wales
19:45 Canadian Regulators perspective, Mike Wambolt, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO) 19:55-20:15 Wrap up, Q&A
20:15-21:00 Discussion and networkingParticipants includedAlex Hay Dalhousie
Andrew Brownlow SAC
Andrew Reid Marine Animal Response Society
Anna Redden Marine Animal Response Society
Brian Sanderson Acadia
Bruce Martin Jasco
Carol Sparling SMRU Consulting
Carys Burgess Open Hydro/Emera
Ceri Morris NRA
Chloe Malinka Aarhus Uni
Chris Peters Minas Energy
Clair Evers SMRU
Craig Chandler Mersey Consulting Ltd
Darren Porter Fishing community representive
David Barclay Dalhousie
Dom Tollit SMRU Consulting
Frances Robertson SMRU Consulting/Simon Fraser Uni
Gemma Veneruso Bangor Uni
Gillian Arany Mikmaw Conservation group
Gordon Hastie SMRU
Graham Daborn Acadia
Greg Trowse Luna
Haley Veihman Luna
Hillary MacDonell Nova Scotia Dept of Energy
Jason Wood SMRU Consulting
Jennifer Pinks OERA
Joe Onoufriou SMRU
Kira Krumhansi FORCE
Leigh-Anne Outhouse Nova Scotia Dept of Energy
Mark Woods OceanSonics
Matthew Baker DFO
Melissa Oldrieve FORCE
Mike Adams FORCE
Mike Wambolt+8 DFO
Nick Osborne Black Rock Tidal
Ruth Joy SMRU Consulting
Sophie Brasseur Wageningen Marine Research
Steve Sanford Nova Scotia Energy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description OES Annex IV and ORIJP Ocean Energy workshop on Managing the Potential Environmental Effects of Wave and Tidal Projects, May 2017, Glasgow (invited). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact OES Annex IV and ORIJP Ocean Energy workshop on Managing the Potential Environmental Effects of Wave and Tidal Projects, May 2017, Glasgow (invited).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ORE SuperGen Workshop (London Oct 12-13) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshops was for Academic (62%) and Industry (38%) participants
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP
• To deliver a portfolio of prioritised ORE R&D challenges which facilitate transformation of the ORE system through addressing the needs of business and policy whilst delivering measurable progress and impact.
• To achieve wide and inclusive participation in defining ORE R&D challenges by providing opportunities to contribute at workshops and online for those not able to attend in person.
• To ensure that all participants (including those engaged via on line questionnaire) understand the aims of the ORE Supergen 'transformation of ORE' programme, opportunities for future engagement and prospective timeline for challenges and delivering maximum impact.
• To ensure that the challenges identified are system wide, and are conceptualised with reference to the 'whole system' and do not focus on industry sub sectors in isolation.
• To ensure that challenges are truly visionary and build on past and current research programmes which address the identified need.
• To canvas ideas for measures to support Early Career researchers (ECR) and build a strong and inclusive community.
• To deliver a strategy for international engagement for the hub to ensure strong links with international research programmes in an uncertain future.
• To review facilities and equipment needs.
• To canvas ideas for achieving policy influence, communication and engagement with other ORE stakeholders to ensure consistent messaging to government and general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/coast-engineering-research-group/ore-supergen-hub
 
Description Offshore Renewable Energy Catapault, July 17 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2) ORE Catapult (London), July 17 2019, Prof Beth Scott Attended
Purpose & Outcomes
The purpose of the workshop will be to link UK research strengths to demand for innovation in offshore renewable energy by:
• Identifying innovation areas for academic research that could support offshore renewable energy
• Prioritising innovation areas using criteria of LCOE potential, UK Benefit, and Case for Intervention
• Linking academic challenges and innovation areas to the innovation demand identified in the OWIH roadmaps
The outcomes of the workshop will be a set of identified & prioritised research areas that will:
• Identify opportunities for collaboration between academia and the ORE industry
• Feed into the OWIH innovation roadmaps, informing Government, funding bodies and industry where support for academic research can contribute to achieving the ambitions of the ORE sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme and Annex 4 workshop on Exploring the State of Understanding and Practice used to Assess Social and Economic Risks and Benefits of Marine Renewable Energy Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Attendance at the Ocean Energy Systems Annex IV (Annex IV) and the UK Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Ocean Energy workshop in Cork on the afternoon of Thursday 31st August 2017 onsite at the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC).

The aim of this workshop is to bring together regulators, stakeholders, industry, and researchers to examine social and economic issues at two levels.

1. The overall framework needed to progress data collection and analysis which will identify gaps in knowledge and tools;
2. The practical aspects and tools available/required to assess, monitor and manage social and economic risks and benefits to inform the permitting process and longer-term stakeholder and community engagement during the build-out and operation of marine energy developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Plymouth Marine Lab presentation on Vertibase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lunchtime seminar at Plymouth Marine Laboratory on the findings from the NERC RESPONSE project and Vertibase project. Has resulted in plans for future engagement and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at National Ocean Technology Centre, State Oceanographic Administration, Tianjin, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited presentation at the National Ocean Technology Centre Tianjin on marine environmental risk and policymaking, including an overview of the Vertibase and RESPONSE projects. Resulted in discussions regarding policy development, evidence needs and widened appreciation of marine environmental risk and associated evidence and policy needs in the UK. Has resulted in planned further discussions in China this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on Vertibase project to Marine Energy Wales meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to the Marine Energy Wales group on the NERC Vertibase project and the findings from the RESPONSE projects, notable the hazards and risks associated with potential marine vertebrate interactions with wave and tidal energy devices/developments, and opportunities to engage with the Vertibase project. The presentation was to ~30 members, spanning practitioners, policymakers, financiers, regulators, and marine industries. The presentation has resulted in further engagement with academics, policy makers, industry and regulators, with plans to hold a further workshop planned. It also led to a separate meeting with the SEACAMs project and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Atlantis Resources 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A visit and presentation to engineers at Atlantis Resources to present RESPONSE findings on potential marine mammal interactions with tidal energy devices. The presentation and discussions have resulted in greater mutual understanding of the environmental/engineering challenges associated with mitigating marine vertebrate interactions associated with tidal energy devices and developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Marine Management Organisation Evidence team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of findings from the RESPONSE and NERC Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme - Review of the current methods and tools to support policy development and decision making in relation to managing environmental risk and uncertainty in the marine renewable energy sector to the evidence and data teams at the Marine Management Organisation. Resulted in discussions regarding the use of the findings by the MMO and future research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description S.J. Fraser, B.J. Williamson, V. Nikora, B.E. Scott. Understanding the physical dynamics and ecological interactions in tidal stream energy environments. European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly. Vienna, Austria, April 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact S.J. Fraser, B.J. Williamson, V. Nikora, B.E. Scott. Understanding the physical dynamics and ecological interactions in tidal stream energy environments. European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly. Vienna, Austria, April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Valuing Nature 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Valuing Nature (Edinburgh Oct 18-19)
A conference with interactive workshops with businesses and artist.
Showcased an Ecological Trade-off framework for public/stakeholder assessment of environmental impacts of offshore renewable energy in an Ecosystem services context. This was done in interactive workshop and as a presentation to wide audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017