Draft objectives, invitees, and agenda(s) for an RWSC Technology Workshop Series will be refined and further developed by a multi-sector working group of the RWSC Technology Subcommittee. RWSC invited participation to the working group in August and September 2023. At minimum, members of the working group will include RWSC Technology Subcommittee members (includes experts from federal and state agencies, offshore wind companies, technology startups, and the research community) and other interested members/experts within RWSC’s four Sector Caucuses – Federal, State, eNGO, Offshore Wind Industry. RWSC is also actively inviting participation from entities with experience in marine technology evaluation and applications within the offshore wind industry.
Agenda development will be conducted by the working group and coordinated with partners advancing complementary efforts, including NOAA staff who are designing and planning the North Atlantic Right whale vessel strike risk reduction technology workshop. The dates and locations of workshop sessions will be coordinated with existing offshore wind conferences and events to the extent practicable.
Part 1: Sharing ongoing work and lessons learned
Part 2: Working towards consistent technology performance metrics across technologies
Part 3: Collaborative opportunities to trial performance metrics (potentially for a specific technology)
The multi-sector working group will consider potential outputs that would provide the necessary information and/or tools to RWSC partners to advance the topic of technology evaluation and implementation. Specific workshop objectives, invitees, and agendas will be designed to produce these collaboratively defined outputs.
The workshops aim to support the evaluation of existing technologies, develop a technical framework for evaluating efficacy of existing and new technologies, as well as inform the rapid development and deployment of new and advanced technologies that can further improve the ability to detect, monitor, and avoid negative interactions with marine mammals with offshore wind facility construction. The workshop series will focus on technologies that may be used on the US Northeast coast in the near-term; however outcomes may be broadly applicable to other regions of the US as well.
The workshop series will produce a series of technical papers, followed by peer reviewed publications that will:
DOE’s National Laboratories, under the leadership of the RWSC and their Technology Subcommittee and in consultation with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and DOE, will convene a group of experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss available whale detection technologies (likely several workshops held over several days). Attendees would be provided with a draft technical paper (see below) ahead of each workshop for them to review and arrive ready to discuss. Workshop discussions would include the following topics:
1 – RWSC Workshop Summaries: Proceedings of each workshop session by RWSC that capture the discussions and views shared by participants.
2 – Technology Performance Metrics Technical Paper
3 – Technology Readiness Review Technical Paper
4 – Technology Validation and R&D Needs Technical Paper
Following the publication of technical papers, authors will develop relevant manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The DOE sessions (above) will fit within a larger workshop series led by the RWSC’s Technology Subcommittee to advance the findings and recommendations in the Technology chapter of the RWSC Science Plan. Additional sessions would seek to advance additional technologies for additional taxa.
RWSC is coordinating its activities with those sponsored and hosted by partners: