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Webinar 2 | Environmental Impacts & Effects of Offshore Wind

In this second webinar of MRC’s Ask an Expert series, we’ll explore the Environmental Impacts and Effects of Offshore Wind with expert guest Dr. Sarah Courbis, Marine Protected Species & Regulatory Specialist with Worley Consulting. Join us as we delve into topics like mitigation measures and the latest technology innovations for improving marine environment monitoring and mitigation, as well as the potential range of onshore and offshore impacts on marine mammals, fish, benthic habitats, and more.

Dr. Courbis has been working in marine science and regulation for over 25 years. As a senior scientist with the Worley Consulting, Sarah focuses on marine protected species and specializes in impact assessment, permitting and compliance, and mitigation. She has been supporting offshore wind projects in the US for nearly a decade and worked on environmental assessment and compliance for LNG, seismic, fisheries, coastal development, marine hydrokinetics (tidal and wave energy), and oil and gas projects. She has co-managed a National Marine Sanctuary for the US National Marine Fisheries Service and has done projects for organizations such as the American Clean Power Association, including a review of offshore wind impacts to wildlife.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from an industry expert on the environmental impacts and effects of offshore wind, as well as the innovative mitigation measures and monitoring strategies that are shaping the future of sustainable marine energy solutions.


Webinar 1 | Offshore Wind Technologies 101

Let’s start at the very beginning. How does offshore wind work? In this first webinar of MRC’s Ask an Expert series, we’ll explore how power is created, where it goes, how big these offshore wind turbines really are, the difference between floating and fixed, footprint of farms, onshore facilities required, and more!

To answer these questions for Canadians, we’ll be hearing from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Research Engineer, Mark Severy. PNNL is one of America’s leading centers for scientific discovery and innovation in sustainable energy. Mark’s cutting edge work on offshore wind energy at PNNL includes collecting meteorological and oceanographic data on potential offshore wind areas via lidar buoys, evaluating the potential environmental effects of offshore wind farms, and planning for transmission. Mark is a licensed mechanical engineer and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University in California.

Join MRC and guest speaker, Mark Severy, to learn more about offshore wind technology basics and best practices to address some of the challenges with deploying offshore wind at a commercial scale.