Meeting Announcement: Oregon Marine Renewable Energy Environmental Science Conference
The Conference will be held November 28 in Corvallis and is open to the public (registration required). The Conference will be followed by an affiliated Experts Workshop on Nov. 29.
The future of marine renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf off Oregon and the Pacific Northwest requires improved understanding of myriad issues related to siting and environmental effects. In the five years since the first workshop on this topic, new research initiatives are improving the state of knowledge in addressing environmental questions associated with wave and offshore wind energy in the Pacific Northwest.
The principal goals of the conference are i) to showcase primary research that has taken place or is currently underway; ii) to synthesize new research and existing information into products that agencies and resource managers can use for decision-making; and iii) to identify gaps in our understanding of technologies or potentially affected systems to determine where to focus future research efforts.
The Conference on Wednesday November 28 will involve a combination of preparatory materials, invited speakers, and posters on current research to describe the state of current scientific knowledge, outline existing marine renewable energy concerns and identify data gaps and future monitoring needs. Breakout groups during the Experts Workshop on November 29 will discuss ways to address these concerns and gaps moving forward. Conference registration and abstract submission will be available online on September 18, 2012. For further information, consult the conference website: http://OR-REscience.org