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Tethys Posts Final OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World

Andrea Copping & Lenaïg Hemery at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced via Tethys Engineering today, October 1, 2020, that the Ocean Engineering Systems (OES) final OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World is now available for download HERE on Tethys and linked below.

The draft report was released in June 2020 after which a two-month public comment period was held. Responses to those comments have been incorporated into today’s final version.  The final report also includes new information that has come available since the draft was released.

The entire report is posted here and on Tethys for download, as well as the 14 individual chapters, the executive summary, and short science summaries that describe specific interactions, which can all be downloaded separately.  In addition, there is online supplementary material that relates to some of the report chapters.  The executive summary will be translated in additional languages in the coming months.

Abstract

The OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World compliments and serves as an update to the 2013 Final Report for Phase 1 of OES-Environmental and the 2016 State of the Science Report. Its content reflects the most current and pertinent published information about interactions of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices and associated infrastructure with the animals and habitats that make up the marine environment. It has been developed and reviewed by over 60 international experts and scientists from around the world as part of an ongoing effort supported by the OES collaboration that operates within the International Technology Cooperation Framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The 2020 State of the Science Report on the environmental effects of MRE development begins with a set of environmental questions that define investigations (Chapter 2) and continues with specific information about stressor/receptor interactions of importance (Chapters 3–9), delves into technologies for monitoring interactions with marine animals (Chapter 10), addresses a series of management and planning measures that may assist with responsible MRE development (Chapters 11–13), and concludes with a potential path forward (Chapter 14). The Executive Summary provides a broad overview of the material in the full report and the Short Science Summaries provide highlights from each chapter.

The final version of the 2020 State of the Science report is available for download here.

Download the Full Report

Executive Summary

Individual Chapters

Supplementary Material

Some of the chapters in the 2020 State of the Science Report contained more information and technical details than could be accommodated in the main report. These materials appear as supplementary materials, which are linked within the 2020 State of the Science Report itself and available for download on the 2020 State of the Science Report Supplementary Materials page.

Short Science Summaries

Citation:  Copping, A.E. and Hemery, L.G., editors. 2020. OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World. Report for Ocean Energy Systems (OES). DOI: 10.2172/1632878.