Areas of assistance

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 Fields of interest include: 

  • Biocoustic monitoring
  • Environmental impacts of marine renewable energy devices on marine mammals and seabirds
  • Animal movement, energy costs to diving seabirds
  • Effects of oceanography on foraging behaviours of marine mammals and seabirds

Bioacoustic monitoring of cetaceans

Bioacoustic monitoring of cetaceans

SEACAMS2 expertise includes extensive experience of using passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) devices or towed hydrophone gear to monitor cetaceans in and around locations of potential marine renewable energy devices.  Multivariate analysis of detection data can be used to assess seasonal and spatial presence of harbour porpoise and dolphins around high energy areas of the Welsh coast and within the Wave Hub demo zone.

Environmental Impacts on marine mammals

Environmental Impact Assessment

SEACAMS2 have expertise that can be utilised by the marine renewable energy sector to investigate the impacts of certain devices on marine mammals.  The open water ecology team have skills that could assist with the design of novel surveying methods, analysis of existing datasets and access to research vessels to conduct boat-based survey trials.

Animal movement in high tidal energy sites

Animal movement

The SEACAMS2 team can offer extensive expert advice on animal movement and energy use, specifically relating to marine mammals and seabirds.  The placement of tidal energy devices in high energy marine areas also favoured by feeding seals, porpoise and diving seabirds, which holds implications for potential collision or disturbance risks to these animals.

Investigating the fine-scale movement and foraging behaviour of diving seabirds could provide insight into best location for placement of tidal energy instalments.

Seal movement can be assessed using tracking devices to monitor and reproduce 3D movements, behaviour and energy expenditure in areas of proposed MRE devices. This information could help improve understanding of interactions between grey seals and tidal energy devices in comparison to general movement and behaviour in areas of high tidal energy.