Field Observations During Wind Turbine Foundation Installation at the Block Island Wind Farm, Rhode Island

Lead/Team: James H. Miller, Gopu R. Potty, Ying-Tsong Lin, Arthur E. Newhall, Kathleen J. Vigness-Raposa, Jennifer L. Amaral, and Adam S. Frankel

This is a report that documents the preliminary findings of the acoustic monitoring of the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm. Measurements include estimates of particle motion obtained using a tetrahedral hydrophone array, acoustic pressure measurements from the same tetrahedral hydrophone array, a towed hydrophone array, two vertical multiple-hydrophone arrays, and a 4-channel geophone array. A preliminary numerical model of the three-dimensional underwater sound propagation in the Block Island Wind Farm area is presented. In addition, analysis of fin whale vocalizations south of Rhode Island that were recorded during the monitoring effort is described. 2018.

Funder: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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