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31 05, 2018

New DEPONS paper: the effect of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea

By | 2018-05-31T10:25:55+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We wanted to highlight to everyone the release of an exciting new paper which presents the predicted impacts on the harbour porpoise population as a result of the construction of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea, using the ‘Disturbance Effect on the Harbour Porpoise in the North Sea’ (DEPONS) model. […]

24 04, 2018

Where the environment and marine renewables meet; EIMR 2018

By | 2018-04-24T07:45:07+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Renewables, Research & Development|0 Comments

Coming together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities, the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR), Kirkwall, Orkney is the place to be this week. […]

12 03, 2018

A tidal first!: Tracking movements of porpoises and dolphins around a tidal turbine

By | 2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chloe Malinka We’d like to let you know about a new publication, authored by researchers from SMRU Consulting, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and a couple of PAMGuard programmers. Our paper presents findings from the first in-situ passive acoustic monitoring array for marine mammals at an operational tidal turbine in Ramsey Sound, Wales, UK. This post [...]

26 01, 2018

What happens when porpoises are disturbed? Are they on an energetic knife-edge?

By | 2018-01-26T07:04:08+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the last two years, there’s been a very interesting exploration of how successfully harbour porpoises forage and what the implications are for their vulnerability or ability to tolerate disturbance. Here we’re going to take a bit of a ‘deep dive’ to explore what it all means. […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By | 2018-01-16T07:55:14+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to see two new papers published in Aquatic Mammals journal, furthering our knowledge of porpoise health, energetics and the effects of exposure to pile-driving noise. […]

20 11, 2017

Scottish East Coast bottlenose dolphins

By | 2017-11-20T12:32:48+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

An important predator in Scottish coastal waters, the east coast bottlenose dolphin has been studied for almost 30 years.  In that time the marine landscape has changed dramatically with marine industrial activities and the construction and operation of offshore windfarms.  […]

13 09, 2017

EOWDC Bottlenose Dolphin Study

By | 2017-09-13T12:07:42+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Great to see our work with SMRU on the EOWDC bottlenose dolphin project has been highlighted in an article in the Power & Energy Solutions Wind Magazine here. […]

4 09, 2017

Presenting at the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts

By | 2017-09-04T11:59:16+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Conference, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Rachael is away to the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts this week where she will be presenting: Strategic post consent monitoring of breeding harbour seals at the Wash SAC. […]

25 08, 2017

How does a tidal turbine affect seal movements?

By | 2017-08-25T07:59:13+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce that our new paper has been published this week in the journal Aquatic Conservation. The study explored how the presence of a tidal turbine might affect the movement of harbour seals in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland by analysing tracking data from resident harbour seals, before, during and after the installation of the [...]

20 06, 2017

Understanding bottlenose dolphin movements along east Scotland

By | 2017-06-22T08:02:39+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A €3million scientific research programme is hosted at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility – and we are proud to be part of it! […]

13 06, 2017

Impacts of offshore wind construction on harbour porpoises

By | 2017-06-13T06:39:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report,  where we used the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) model to investigate the potential ‘aggregate effects’ that could arise from the currently planned 12 years of English wind farm construction on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

6 03, 2017

New Paper: Using acoustics to learn about harbour porpoise behaviour in tidal environments

By | 2017-03-06T18:44:19+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Last week our colleagues at SMRU and PAMGuard published a paper on an approach they developed to successfully find and track harbour porpoise in tidally active areas. Their paper entitled Passive acoustic methods for fine-scale tracking of harbour porpoise in tidal rapids was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. […]

16 01, 2017

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Backed by Government Review

By | 2017-01-16T09:49:41+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We were delighted to see the publication of the Hendry review last week on the role of Tidal Lagoons in the UK energy mix. […]

23 11, 2016

Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Impact Assessment

By | 2016-11-23T13:49:30+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the public release of the Hexicon Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Environmental Statement that we worked on earlier this year! […]

15 11, 2016

Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

By | 2016-11-15T13:45:38+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new report which updates how we can assess the potential impacts of collisions between marine mammals and tidal energy devices! […]

11 10, 2016

SMRU Canada wins FORCE

By | 2016-10-11T15:05:04+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

  SMRU Consulting Canada and FORCE (The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) continue to work together on the potential effects of tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. FORCE is Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy, and acts as a host to technology developers, and oversees the independently reviewed environmental monitoring [...]

4 10, 2016

Assessing noise reduction mitigation using PCOD

By | 2016-10-04T13:17:21+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We are happy to announce the release of a new report exploring how noise reduction methods might change the risk of impact associated with pile driving on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

7 09, 2016

Expert Forum: Assessing at the Population Level

By | 2016-09-07T08:28:30+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we led an Annex IV expert forum on the Risk of Collision Between Marine Mammals and Tidal Turbines – Assessing at the Population Level. […]

6 07, 2016

Conference: Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

By | 2016-07-06T08:18:51+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Categories: Conference, News, PCoD, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting is looking forward to attending the 4th International Conference on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life in Dublin next week. […]