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Energy & Renewables - Offshore Wind Farm

Environmental Sensitivity and Associated Risk Analysis - Floating Offshore Wind, California and Hawaii

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The waters of the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Region are rich in ecological resources. RPS evaluated potential stressors of floating offshore wind technology and developed a model to compare the environmental sensitivity of marine receptors offshore California and Hawaii.

Our model illustrates the relative vulnerability of habitats and species in each region and the magnitude of potential impact. We developed a relational database and graphical user interface through which BOEM can view results and update the model with new data.

2016

Start date

2017

In March 2017, the interim report for Task 1 (ID, Characterize Impact-Causing Factors) was completed.

2017

In October 2017, the interim report for Task 3 (Implement Refined RESA Model) was completed.

2018

In June 2018, the final study report, Final Database and GUI Delivery and Training Webinar for BOEM were presented.

June 2018 also marked the completion of the project.

Project Name

Environmental Sensitivity and Associated Risk to Habitats and Species Offshore Central California and Hawaii from Offshore Floating Wind

Client

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Sector

  • Renewables

Location

  • Pacific Ocean, offshore California and Hawaii

Services Provided

  • Marine biology 
  • Directed studies 
  • Environmental impact assessment 
  • Literature review and desktop analysis 
  • Modeling  
  • Database management 
  • Web development 

 

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potential impact-causing factors identified for floating offshore wind

26

categorical ranking schemes developed to analyse species vulnerability

44

bird, bat, fish, invertebrate, marine mammal, and turtle species researched

135

different calculation steps in the model algorithms

500 +

technical references reviewed, ranked, and compiled in the database