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Windtech International March April 2024 issue





How Can Ecological Modelling Support the Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind?
DHI Figure 1The plans to establish offshore wind farms globally have become increasingly ambitious and will lead to impacts on marine life, such as fish and marine mammals. Such impacts must be predicted and managed so that planned projects can go ahead while simultaneously minimising environmental footprints. Dynamic ecological modelling can simulate baseline conditions and impacts from various stressors, for example underwater noise, using the most accurate representation of animals, including their movements and reaction to said stressor. With such models, environmental issues can be identified early and throughout the project cycle to allow integrated mitigation solutions, easing the environmental approval processes and reducing related scheduling and investment risks.
By Frank Thomsen, Lars O. Mortensen, Naomi A.M. Tuhuteru, Jonas B. Mortensen, DHI, Denmark


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