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How do Electromagnetic Fields Affect Marine Animals?

At the 17th Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium Session #5: Effects of Noise and EMF on Benthic Communities, Zoë Hutchison (Research Fellow, University of Rhode Island) explained how EMF affects marine animals.

January 7, 2021

How Do Environmental Impact Statements Account for Unknown Impacts?

At the New York State Environmental Technical Working Group’s State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2020 Session #4: Current Knowledge on Cumulative Impacts I, Ian Slayton (Physical Scientist, BOEM) explained the assumptions that were made when creating the Vineyard Wind 1 Offshore Wind Energy Project Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement published in June 2020.

January 5, 2021

How Do Offshore Wind Structures Affect Marine Ecology in Benthic Zones?

At the 17th Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium Session #2: Changes in Habitats and Ecosystems, Jan Vanaverbeke (Senior Scientist, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences) explained how offshore wind structures can affect marine ecology within benthic environments both seemingly positively and negatively.

July 22, 2020

How do offshore wind turbines change the seafloor? In what ways does this affect the associated marine communities?

At the 17th Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium Session #3: Sediment and Sound, Monique LaFrance Bartley (Marine Ecologist, National Park Service in the Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch) explains how offshore wind turbines alter the seafloor and how this, in turn, affects the associated marine communities.

October 23, 2020

How Do the Natural Sounds of the Ocean Compare to Those Created by Offshore Wind?

The Ask the Experts database managers conducted an interview with Dr. James Miller (Department of Ocean Engineering & Graduate School of Oceanography) to summarize the findings of multiple URI studies that have set out to monitor and minimize the effects that the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm has had on marine mammals.

July 13, 2020

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