E-TWG Activities

Synthesis of Regional Research Priorities and Recommendations

The Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is undertaking an effort to inform and provide interim guidance for regional-scale research and monitoring of offshore wind energy and wildlife in the eastern United States. This effort is being pursued via an expert workgroup under the purview of the E-TWG, with additional support from the Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project team. The workgroup, which was initiated in late 2021, aims to inform the allocation of funding for regional research and monitoring by developing two products:

  1. Database of research needs and data gaps identified from existing sources (e.g., State of the Science Workgroups, federal and state agency efforts, previous E-TWG Specialist Committees, etc.). This database compiles and synthesizes existing data gaps and research needs so that researchers and funders can easily access, sort, and further prioritize topics. The workgroup will also identify topics in the database that are best addressed at a regional scale (e.g., beyond the scale of indivdiual wind energy projects) and develop general criteria for further prioritization of regional research topics.

  2. Interim guidance for regional-scale research to complement the database. Written guidance will include definitions of common terminology to support regional communications, as well as general recommendations on study design and data transparency for regional-scale research efforts.

Potential end users of these products include:

  • State and other government entities who are funding regional research in the next 1-3 years. There is a need to help inform the use of funding dedicated to regional research that is arising from offshore wind solicitations and research solicitations in multiple states.

  • Offshore wind developers who are funding regional research and monitoring efforts.

  • Future Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative (RWSC) processes. End products could help inform discussions of science plans for taxon-specific subcommittees and other RWSC efforts as appropriate. 

Broad input from other stakeholders will be incorporated into the committee's efforts via a virtual workshop and a public comment period on draft products. If you are interested in receiving more information about these opportunities, please sign up for the E-TWG mailing list or contact Julia Gulka

Image by Mark König
Image by Florian Hahn
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Photo credits: Dogfish shark © Boris Pamikov - shutterstock; Wind turbines © Mark König; Birds © Florian Hahn; Humpback whale © Phoebe Dill