Meet the Team
The project WOW team represents a multi-institution consortium that will bring together internationally recognized PIs in the areas of expertise of research, monitoring, and risk assessment associated with offshore energy development.
Biodiversity Research Institute
Southall Environmental Associates (SEA)
SUNY Stony Brook
Susan E. Parks
Florida State University
University of St. Andrews
Wildlife Conservation Society
T. Aran Mooney
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
New England Aquarium,
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Our project team includes the newly-formed Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative for Offshore Wind (RWSC), whose mission is to collaboratively and effectively conduct and coordinate relevant, credible, and efficient regional monitoring and research of wildlife and marine ecosystems that supports the advancement of environmentally responsible and cost-efficient offshore wind power development activities in the U.S. Atlantic waters. RWSC accomplishes this mission by engaging stakeholders throughout the region from four Sectors (federal agencies, states, environmental non-governmental organizations, and the offshore wind industry) to prioritize wildlife monitoring needs, align funding with those needs, and ensure that appropriate data and standards are in place.
Grant Number DE-EE0010287, Offshore Wind Energy Environmental Research and Instrumentation Validation
The 3rd Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP3) is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and collaborates with WOW on certain research activities, like passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and bats, as well as the installation of automated radio telemetry (‘Motus’) stations to detect tagged birds and bats. WFIP3 will deploy moorings and structures complete with a wide variety of weather instrumentation to better understand the physics of the atmosphere and ocean as they relate to the wind in the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer (MABL). Project WOW plans to deploy additional marine mammal acoustic recorders, bat acoustic recorders, and Motus stations to these existing WFIP3 moorings and structures. WFIP3 is led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in collaboration with the national labs of the DOE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
External Advisory Board
This project has the support and commitment from an external advisory board made of the following institutions: