In April 2014, Dr. Peter Dahl [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at UW] attended an International Whaling Commission Workshop on Noise Mapping in Leiden, The Netherlands. Pile driving will be an essential component of the construction phase for many offshore marine renewable projects, such as wind farms. Peter’s participation, both initiated and funded by the IWC, allowed for an exchange of ideas and input concerning the mapping of underwater noise from marine pile driving, to avoid and/or mitigate the effects of such noise on marine life.
Dr. Mitsuhiro Kawase [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at UW] attended the 2nd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Tokyo, where he presented two papers, "Sustainability of Tidal Energy" and "On the Interaction of Tidal Power Extraction and Natural Energy Dissipation in an Estuary".
Dr. Bob Paasch [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at OSU] chaired a project team meeting for the IEC TC114 PT62600-2 Design Requirements for Marine Energy Systems standards development effort in Hamburg, Germany.
Dr. Brian Polagye [NNMREC Co-Director at UW] attended the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables (EIMR) meeting in late April with NNMREC-affiliated faculty Sarah Henkel and John Horne. They participated in a number of workshops, offering a different perspective on some of the near-term environmental challenges that project developers and regulators in Europe are facing.
Dr. Annette von Jouanne [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at OSU] made a well-received presentation at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, impacting the global marine community by sharing about "Wave Energy Research, Development and Testing Including Testing of Materials and Technologies for Bio-Fouling and Corrosion Prevention.” The event is the world's foremost in the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Attendance reached a 46-year high of 108,300, the highest in show history and up 3.3% from last year.
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