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Webinar: Patterns, Partnerships & Renewable Energy: Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 12:00

Wednesday, January 18, 2016. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Patterns, Partnerships & Renewable Energy: Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands. Bryan Costa, Matthew Kendall, and Arliss Winship, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS - National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Sponsored by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More information here.  

 

The state of Hawai‘i is working to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by developing local renewable energy sources. Most of the State’s potential renewable energy resources (notably, wind) are located in federal waters. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regulates the leasing, construction & operation of most renewable energy projects in federal waters, & is required to evaluate potential impacts from these projects. BOEM partnered with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to gather biogeographic information in support of this evaluation around the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). NCCOS compiled spatial data & synthesized new products around the MHI, describing the marine environment, & distribution of benthic habitats, fishes, sea turtles, marine mammals, & seabirds. Data products were specifically tailored to fit within BOEM’s framework of offshore lease blocks, & ranged from simple animal distribution maps to mathematical models depicting the predicted distributions of animals. For some animals, this assessment marks the first time that their space-use patterns were mapped or modeled in the MHI. Products from this project are publicly available, including a report, GIS data, web maps & services. Collaborations with a variety of organizations were crucial to this work, including NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center, NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, University of Hawai‘i at M?noa, and the State of Hawai‘i.

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