A Parametric Analysis and Sensitivity Study of the Acoustic Propagation for Renewable Energy
As countries explore renewable energy opportunities, offshore wind farms are being developed along coastlines. To construct these wind farms, piles are driven into the seafloor as foundational structures for the turbines. Pile driving involves risk of noise pollution that can affect marine fauna. To mitigate these risks, risk assessments and permits are required and are based on the best oceanographic understanding and acoustic modeling available at the time of the permitting process. This project aims to facilitate improved risk prediction by recommending the most efficient acoustic models and ranking the most influential environmental parameters at two representative sites.
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OCS Study BOEM 2020-011
US Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Stuart FL