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									Environmental research roadmap for offshore renewable energy - NERC / EGS KTN Workshop: 28-29 September 2010, Liverpool

Requirements table for discussion group No.5: Site characterisation - bird surveying

                                                                                Priority                                                                            Comments                                    Relevance to
                                                                                                     Policy/   Industry/            Duration       (including project objectives, potential funding           DECC/Defra/MMO             Possible lead                                               Interdependence/links with other
                         Topic area / research project                                                                     Timing                                                                                                                                Other key participants
                                                                                Breakout Scientist   planner   developer             (years)      opportunities and applicability to NERC research             policy-oriented              funder                                                               actions
                                                                                                                                                                      capability)                                distinction*
    1 How do:                                                                        1                                       S                                                                                                         NERC                Developers (data)                       Relate to all. Particularly '5' for intitial
                                                                                                                                               i) base an intial review around exisiting data / datasets,                                                                                          review.
        i) abiotic influences control distribution and abundance of                                                                            combining survey data with environmental data, to
        birds?                                                                                                                                 deliver better baseline data at a national level;                                                                                                   Links to Topic '8'

                                                                                                                                               - coverage across wave, tidal and wind.

                                                                                                                                               ii) More longer term, pure research. Focus on data
        ii) other trophic (biotic) influences control temporal distribution                                                                    gaps, key species.
        and abundance of birds?




    2 Better define the objectives of bird surveys - to help                         1                                       S       Short     Objective-based survey design for collection of baseline                                Defra                                                       Supports '1' and '3'.
      understand population level impacts of turbines/devices, and                                                                   term      data / post-construction data (rather than methodology-                                                                                             Links with Topic '8'
      set threshold levels to trigger adaptive management.                                                                                     driven).


    3 Improve technology for remote sensing:                                         1                                       S                 Possible opportunity for NERC / EPSRC collaboration,                                                        Industry                                Related to '2'
      - Hi definition techniques                                                                                                               with TSB?
      - Radar / -Doppler techniques

      (and 'standardisation' of techniques)
    4 Tagging studies (for the key species) to better understand                     1                                       S                                                                                                                             Support from the industry /             Links with '1' and Topic '8'
      foraging areas, migration routes, mobility of species.                                                                                                                                                                                               developers

    5 Review of existing data / datasets (and how this can be used                   1                                       S                 Need to make the most of long-term datasets available.                                                                                              Links with '1'
      to support understanding of inter-annual and long term
      variances / spatial change etc)
                                                                                                                                               There is much data available, and efforts must be
        Data sharing guidelines                                                                                                                made to make this available to the community.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            *1: policy strategic; to do with opportunity and direction
                                                                                                                                                                                                             2: policy applied; to do with enabling actions and bounding constraints
                                                                                                                                                                                                             3: applied theoretical; to do with new technologies, testing and assessment of impact and mitigations for specific technology types
                                                                                                                                                                                                             4: applied practical, which is about deployment and mitigating actions




Lists                                                                                1                                       S         S                                                                    1: policy strategic        NERC
                                                                                     2                                       M         M                                                                    2: policy applied          DECC
                                                                                     3                                       L         L                                                                    3: applied theoretical     Defra
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4: applied practical       MMO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Crown Estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Scottish Government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       WAG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NGO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TSB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ETI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       RDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       EPSRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TBD




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