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  • Analysis of Multibeam Echo Sounder and Benthic Survey Data

    This study characterizes the geological (sediment size/type), geotechnical (bottom density), and benthic (animal habitat) characteristics of the ocean floor within the offshore study area (OSA).

    Analysis of Multibeam Echo Sounder and Benthic Survey Data [PDF]

    Birds and Bats Study

    This study characterizes current knowledge as to the use of the OSA by birds and bats, and addresses the risk of collision with offshore wind turbines.

    Birds and Bats Study [PDF]

    Consideration of Potential Cumulative Effects

    This study identifies potential cumulative effects on key resources associated with offshore wind energy development and other relevant actions, and prepares a framework for future project-specific assessments of cumulative effects.

    Consideration of Potential Cumulative Effects [PDF]

    Data Review and Gap Analysis

    In an effort to understand what biological and cultural data already exist for the Offshore Study Area, NYSERDA prepared the offshore wind energy data review and gap analysis. The report catalogs the publicly available data so that the researchers who are performing the studies and surveys for the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan have a starting place for their work. It also identifies the gaps in data that exist which helps to inform what data are missing and how the Master Plan can help fill those gaps.

    Data Review and Gap Analysis [PDF]

    Environmental Sensitivity Analysis

    This study analyzes the distribution of environmental parameters (e.g., marine mammal distribution, essential fish habitat) used to evaluate environmental and permitting risks of wind energy development. Map products and a weighting system were developed to allow a comparative analysis of the potential risks of construction and operation of offshore wind farms on marine resources at various locations.

    Environmental Sensitivity Analysis [PDF]

    Fish and Fisheries Study

    This study collects existing socioeconomic and ecological fisheries data, determines the feasibility of updating priority data, and creates a database of previous fisheries stakeholder engagement resources on offshore wind. The study describes engagement with fisheries stakeholders, vets new data products, and utilizes information and feedback from stakeholders to develop best management practices for offshore wind energy development.

    Fish and Fisheries Study [PDF]

    Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles Study

    This study summarizes the existing marine mammal and sea turtle occurrence data and examines more specifically North Atlantic right whale occurrence within and near the OSA. The study also proposes a work plan for a passive acoustic monitoring study to be conducted after this Master Plan’s publication.

    Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles Study [PDF]

    Metocean Plan for the New York Offshore Study Area

    A strong knowledge of meteorological and oceanographical—metocean—conditions is essential for the safe and efficient design, and operation, of offshore installations. The Metocean Characterization Report is a desktop study characterizing the wind, wave, and ocean current environment of the Offshore Study Area. The report includes maps and tables to show wind speeds, significant wave heights, ocean current and storms tracks, as well as high-resolution wind data. The report also includes wave, currents and tides data, and storm tracks from publicly available sources. The development of this report facilitated the planning and refinement of potential project locations and turbine siting, while providing a reference study for future work such as the design of metocean monitoring campaigns and the design basis for the projects themselves.

    Metocean Plan for the New York Offshore Study Area [PDF]

    Preliminary Offshore Wind Resource Assessment

    This study characterizes the wind, wave, and ocean current environment of the OSA.

    Preliminary Offshore Wind Resource Assessment [PDF]

    Sand and Gravel Resources Study

    This study identifies and maps the locations of proposed, active, or inactive sand and gravel mining areas within the OSA and provides context for the regulatory framework associated with these resources.

    Sand and Gravel Resources Study [PDF]
    Last Modified: 9/10/2018

  • Aerial Baseline Survey of Marine Wildlife

    One of the most pressing research needs is baseline data on potential wildlife exposure in developing offshore wind energy. This study provides critical baseline data about wildlife distribution, abundance, and migratory patterns of wildlife, including corals, birds, bats, sea turtles, fish, and marine mammals. Aerial high resolution digital still imagery surveys collect data on marine wildlife encountered offshore. The surveys have been designed in light of available historic data, and use the latest digital and sensor technology to provide high identification success. Data and results is being made public as it becomes available, and is suitable for comparison and synchronization with current or similar future datasets. This project is expected to shorten the offshore wind energy development timeline, decreasing uncertainty of site development, reducing costs for offshore wind site developers, and minimizing wildlife impacts.

    Ongoing survey dataLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is available.

    Metocean Measurements in Support of Offshore Wind Energy

    Strong knowledge of meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) conditions is essential for the safe and efficient design and operation of offshore wind installations. NYSERDA will be collecting new metocean data via the deployment of metocean Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system(s), which are remote sensing equipment that uses pulsed laser light to determine wind speeds at altitude. The deployment will generally follow NYSERDA’s Metocean Plan and the floating LiDAR systems may be outfitted with additional sensors to monitor other environmental and biological parameters. The core goal of this undertaking will be to obtain and make public high-quality metocean data sufficient to conduct a robust wind resource assessment for yield prediction purposes.
    Last Modified: 9/10/2018

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