Data analysis and spatial mapping for offshore wind project
RPS provided ecological assessment, bespoke data extraction and spatial mapping services to capture the movements of pygmy blue whales in Australian waters.
Inputs for environmental assessments
RPS was engaged to undertake ecological assessments for a proposed offshore wind farm. The work involved a range of services, including the mapping of pygmy blue whales in waters off the Australian coast.
For developers to gain approval to build an offshore wind farm, they need to undertake a variety of assessments to ascertain the impacts of their proposed developments.
Monitoring the movement of marine mammals forms part of the studies and surveys undertaken to help create a comprehensive picture of the environmental where the offshore wind farms will be built.
RPS’ data analytics team utilised a range of tools to track the movements of pygmy blue whales, including satellite data collected by the Australian Government’s Antarctic Division.
The consultants extracted the relevant data and used geographical information systems (GIS) to map and analyse the information and create visual maps and documents to present the findings.
The information, along with other studies, formed part of the developer’s ecological assessment for its proposed offshore wind farm.