TÜV SÜD PMSS to Participate in Ornithological Study
TÜV SÜD PMSS will play a key role in reducing uncertainty for ornithological impact assessment in wind farm development.
TÜV SÜD PMSS’s Kit Hawkins has been invited by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) to be a member of the Steering Group for a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded study, which is seeking to reduce uncertainty and incorporate variability into bird collision risk modelling.
Also present on the steering groups are other industry-leading colleagues from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Scottish Power Renewables. The project lead, Dr. Elizabeth Masden (Environmental Research Institute, UHI) has been awarded a 12-month Knowledge Exchange grant from NERC to review and critically assess existing collision risk models, convene a workshop of leading practitioners and propose how modelling can be made more representative of the “real-world situation”.
Mr. Hawkins stated: “Reducing uncertainty in impact predictions is important in ensuring that the UK can benefit from the full deployment of offshore wind in our territorial waters. Quantifying and understanding the level of uncertainty will make assessments more robust going forwards, which will help facilitate the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies and reduce costs to the consumer.
“TÜV SÜD PMSS is keen to support Dr. Masden’s study, which we believe will help to make our impact predictions more realistic, while ensuring that we rightly continue to protect our important natural habitats and species.”
Press release, February 5, 2014; Image: Forewind