Wave and Tidal Range Energy Devices Offer Environmental Opportunities as Artificial Reefs

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Technical lecture
26 September 2017 18:00 - 20:00
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Marine and coastal infrastructures such as wave and tidal energy devices provide surfaces and structures that are naturally colonised by marine flora and fauna. Properties of the building material, surface texture and structural complexity of the infrastructure will determine the suitability as a habitat for marine organisms. While it may be desirable to inhibit fouling of some parts of the energy devices, the colonisation of other features may not compromise their overall functionality. The talk will focus on conceptual options for coastal, close-to-shore infrastructure. Positive reef-effects of renewable energy devices could include the enhancement of biodiversity of invertebrates and fish, habitat restoration or the production of commercial species.

Buffet From: 6pm
Lecture Start: 6.30pm

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Dr. Callaway is a marine ecologist working at Swansea University. She has a PhD in benthic ecology and over 20 years’ experience of working in marine and coastal environments. Ruth is particularly interested in applied issues, such as the impact of human activities or infrastructure development.


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