2022 State of the Science Workshop

Building on Existing Knowledge and Emerging Collaborations 

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Workshop Agenda

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy

July 26-28, 2022

Items on this page include the preliminary workshop agenda and information on the keynote presentation, symposia, and workshop side meetings. 

Draft Workshop Agenda 

The third State of the Science Workshop offers opportunities across a multi-day program to discuss scientific research involving wildlife and offshore wind energy development. The draft meeting agenda can be viewed here.

Workshop Keynote

Ivan Savitsky is Offshore Wind Manager at The Carbon Trust and manager of the Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Offshore Wind. His keynote will include a discussion of:

  • Formation and focus of the ORJIP for Offshore Wind

  • How the ORJIP operates as a collaborative funding entity

  • Highlights from recent and current ORJIP studies

  • Operational lessons learned for collaborative funding of regional research and monitoring

Side Meetings

A workshop titled Compensatory Mitigation for Birds: Opening a Dialog will be taking place at the venue from 1-2:30 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, free of charge and open to all workshop attendees. Organized by the Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative (AMBC) Marine Spatial Planning Working Group, this discussion-based meeting will brainstorm and begin outlining a proactive and strategic approach to compensatory mitigation related to impacts of offshore wind development on birds that can not be addressed through avoidance and minimization. The agenda will include:

  • Review & discuss current considerations for compensatory mitigation, including examples of mitigation from other industries, and regulatory agency policy

  • Review & discuss Marine Spatial Planning Working Group efforts to develop a list of relevant mitigation actions

  • Identify potential partners roles, and mechanisms (e.g., AMBC, RWSC, regulatory agencies, developers)

  • Talk about interest and next steps

A workshop titled Operating and Calibrating Offshore Motus Stations will be taking place at the venue from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, July 26th. This side workshop is free of charge and open to all who are interested in learning more about applied, technical aspects of managing offshore Motus stations. Organized by Pam Loring (Division of Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) and Erik Carlson (Department of Physics, University of Rhode Island), the workshop will provide hands-on demonstrations and discussions on key technical aspects of operating, maintaining, and calibrating automated radio telemetry stations on offshore buoys and wind turbines in coordination with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. The agenda will include:

  • Calibration methods and protocols to estimate detection range and coverage of offshore Motus stations

  • Demonstration of an online calibration tool for survey design and data analysis

  • Workflows and tips for operating, managing, and troubleshooting receivers at offshore Motus stations

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