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Statistical basis for seabed benthic monitoring as a tool for environmental management in the offshore windfarm industry - ME1106

Description
Objectives
The study aims are to:
· review and evaluate the ability of currently applied or recommended benthic survey strategies to detect and monitor the anticipated diffuse and subtle effects of windfarm construction and operation in shallow water area with high natural variability in sediment and biological conditions.
· develop guidance for government and developers on suitable benthic biological effects monitoring strategies for offshore windfarms.

Key Customer Purpose
Offshore windfarm developments represent a new industry and therefore have a limited track record of understanding actual environmental effects. Such understanding is essential for robust government consenting processes.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2007

Cost: £33,318
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Department of Trade and Industry, University - Hull
Keywords
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Marine Impacts              
Marine Monitoring              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine