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Session 14. POC/MEQ/FUTURE Topic Session
Marine renewable energy development in coastal and estuarine environments around the North Pacific

Co-Convenors: George Boehlert (U.S.A.), Michael Foreman (Canada), Glen Jamieson (Canada) and Kuh Kim (Korea)

Renewable energy projects are increasing worldwide, and many types involve the marine environment. Those under active development are typically designed to directly extract energy from waves, tides, currents, wind, or thermal gradients or indirectly from biomass energy. These novel technologies will require new emplacements, moorings, or other structures in marine and estuarine environments with attendant intrusions upon the environment, including acoustic signals, changes to mixing, and electromagnetic fields. Marine renewable energy sources are able to provide clean energy, but their effects on the physical and biological environment are not well understood. This session will examine the technologies under development in PICES nations and address the current state of our knowledge on how they will interact with estuarine, coastal, and offshore environments.

This session seeks contributions that deal with any topics pertinent to marine renewable energy development, including: (1) status of marine renewable energy in PICES countries; (2) economic costs and benefits of different approaches; (3) marine spatial planning for renewable energy; (4) physical effects of marine renewable energy development (current flow, energy reduction, mixing, sediment transport); and (5) ecological effects (larval transport, entrainment, entanglement, behavior, habitat changes, communities) on all trophic levels.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Henry Jeffrey (Invited)
Ocean energy: A European perspective (S14-6676)
(pdf, 1 Mb)


Tokio Wada and Ken Takagi
Status and perspectives of the utilization of marine renewable energy in Japan (S14-6619)
(pdf, 1 Mb)


Keyyong Hong, Seung-Ho Shin and Seok-Won Hong
Current status and future perspectives of marine renewable energy development in Korea (S14-6761)
(pdf, 2.7 Mb)


George W. Boehlert and Philip C. Malte
Wave and tidal energy research in the Pacific Northwest: The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (S14-6779)
(pdf, 1 Mb)

Brian Polagye (Invited)
Environmental effects of tidal energy development (S14-6565)
(pdf, 1 Mb)
Michael Foreman, Dario Stucchi, Kyle Garver and Thomas Grime
A circulation model for the Discovery Islands, Canada: The first step in assessing tidal energy potential and impacts (S14-6540)
(pdf, 2.7 Mb)
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