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Initiate environmental research projects to answer questions key to wave energy development.
Please note: many of the OWET project reports posted on the Web site are large files. Download times may vary. We appreciate your patience.
The goal of these studies was to characterize, via observations and sample collection, the habitats and biological assemblages present at future wave energy testing and demonstration sites. The future site of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center Ocean Test Facility near Newport, Oregon was sampled repeatedly from spring 2010 to fall 2011. The site of the future Reedsport Wave Park and a reference location were sampled in summer 2011. Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of a site is necessary prior to evaluating potential project effects.
Collected data on marine bird species composition, abundance, and distribution during the NOAA Fisheries California Current Ecosystem Survey research expedition.
Avian radar sampling conducted during fall 2010 to measure the bird movement rates, flight directions, and flight behavior over and in the vicinity of the Reedsport Wave Energy Project area.
The OWET Cumulative Effects Analysis Framework is a multi-criteria decision making tool for evaluating the potential impacts of various ocean renewable energy technologies. The tool is designed to provide decision makers, stakeholders and the public more information about the potential impacts associated with various development scenarios. The tool includes three main parts: data library of applicable resource data; resource and development interaction database; and a user interface that combines the data and interaction to allow for alternatives analysis. The final product is a GIS tool for assessing various development scenarios and the potential impacts and benefits.
Establish consistent baseline data for sub-adult and adult Dungeness crab in and around potential project sites.
Scientific workshop to determine the state of knowledge on the potential effects of wave energy technology on the ecological and physical components of coastal ecosystems.
Phase 1: Survey of migratory routes and potential locational effects of wave energy development on gray whale migration.
There was a need to establish a baseline of the biotic community within the Ocean Power Technologies project area off of Reedsport, Oregon. As part of a larger baseline study, conducted by HT Harvey and Ecology, 2788 adult male Dungeness crabs (Cancer magister) were tagged in the fall of 2009. Commercial fishermen and seafood processors returned 952 tags. Many of which had exact locations of where the crab was recaptured, allowing researchers to determine short-term movements.