The next few decades will see big changes to our climate and to life on our planet. Moving to renewable energy, including offshore wind, will play a major role in cutting the emissions contributing to climate change, but we don’t yet fully know how this transition will affect marine biodiversity. As the UK leads the way in delivering offshore wind energy, ECOWind is committed to understanding how these efforts can be carried out in harmony with priorities to protect and enhance marine life.
ECOWind is bringing together experts from science, policy and industry to understand how offshore wind affects ecosystems…
The expansion of offshore wind is essential, but we have to ensure it is carried out with the marine environment in mind. ECOWind aims to fill some of the biggest gaps in our knowledge to help inform this process as efficiently as possible - by ensuring that the research undertaken is genuinely useful and usable for policy, regulation and management.
Professor Colin Moffat
ECOWind Scientific Advisory Group Chair
We are excited to see ECOWind take shape into a truly pioneering programme of work. By bringing together industry, government, and some of the brightest brains in the academic community, we will be connecting science and policy at every step of the way to make sure that the research generated is as effective as possible.
Programme Manager, Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme
The Crown Estate
ECOWind takes a fresh, impact-led approach, based on nurturing the creation of robust science with direct applications for marine policy and management. What does that mean? It means this is not science to be kept on the shelf, but work that will directly inform how we develop our renewable energy landscape as a nation, and make sure we do that without damaging the incredible abundance of UK seas.
Professor Dickon Howell
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Environmental surveys are essential parts of the #OffshoreWind consent process. A new study tested #eDNA metabarcoding as an alternative, which samples traces of DNA left in the water by #marine life, & may reduce development costs. Initial results here: buff.ly/3XlFmf5
.@TheCrownEstate has published the annual report of the #OffshoreWind Evidence & Change Programme. The report showcases the 15 new projects launched in 2022, including our three #ECOWind projects. We look forward to building on this momentum in 2023! buff.ly/3RnhnKs
#PhD opportunity at @HeriotWattUni! Study the effects of #OffshoreWind on fish populations. You'll be integrated into the ECOWind funded, multidisciplinary project #ECOWINGS, & will deliver evidence to support #fishery and #RenewableEnergy management. buff.ly/3DacZsv twitter.com/PaulFer1318097…
.@ThinkUHI are recruiting 2 postdocs, focusing on #marine sensing, data, & #offshore renewable energy. Activities will support the ECOWind funded project #PELAgIO, amongst other #OffshoreWind, tidal & wave projects. Apply by 3 Feb 👉 buff.ly/3kI7sDa twitter.com/ERI_UHI/status…
The #Environmental Audit Committee @CommonsEAC has released its 4th Report, “Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels & securing energy prices”. It calls for more government-set tidal energy goals, to match ambitions set for solar & #OffshoreWind. buff.ly/3ZH10fw