State of the Science Workshop


Scientific Program

2020 State of the Science on Offshore Wind: Cumulative Impacts to Wildlife

May 5-6, 2020

The planning committee is hard at work developing the scientific program for the workshop. Please check back for a detailed agenda, or sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Workshop Goals

By engaging stakeholders, promoting regional coordination, and promoting collaboration through expert information exchange and discussion, the goal of this workshop is to summarize the modes of thought and state of the science on cumulative impact assessments from offshore wind energy development, and identify key research studies and other efforts that should be conducted in the next 3-5 years to improve our understanding as the offshore wind industry develops in the U.S.


Day 1, which will be open to anyone who registers, will consist of plenary presentations on how we define, approach, and scope cumulative impacts from offshore wind, and the current state of knowledge on cumulative impacts on different taxonomic groups including seabirds, migratory birds and bats, marine mammals, and sea turtles. This will be followed by group discussions and an evening poster session. Day 2 will primarily consist of smaller workshops focused on developing research plans to improve our understanding of cumulative impacts for a range of taxonomic groups. Participation in breakout groups will require prior approval by workshop leaders.


There is also an opportunity to co-locate related meetings on May 7 at the Hilton Westchester. If interested in hosting a meeting, please contact Julia Gulka.​

Photo credits: Loggerhead sea turtle © Kate Sutherland

The Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is a New York State outreach and collaboration effort with environmental stakeholders and offshore wind energy developers.

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