The project “Offshore wind farms in the context of ecosystem-based marine spatial management” will explore the effects of offshore wind farms on the ecosystem.
The compatibility of nature conservation, the development of wind energy and the use of natural resources constitutes a challenge, particularly in coastal areas. Our team aims to investigate the effects of offshore wind farms on maritime fauna, focussing on commercially important species such as cod, brown crab or oyster.
Science, Industry, Politics, Nature conservation
The project aims at the following scientific questions: (i) suitability of wind farms as a potential spawning area for cod; (ii) local increase of brown crab and its spatial expansion, a so called "spillover-effect" into the nearest vicinity of the wind farm as a consequence; (iii) suitability of the wind farm or its surrounding for sustainable aquaculture techniques.
The Thünen-Institute aims for those scientific goals in close collaboration with the operator of the wind farm Meerwind Süd/Ost on the basis of two experimental set-ups within the wind farm and the close vicinity of the wind farm (500 m security buffer zone):
Moreover, our work takes part in close collaboration with the Alfred-Wegener Institute (AWI) on previous and ongoing studies to:
Finally, outcomes will be widely disseminated to the public, e.g. by an exhibition "Offshore wind farms in the context of ecosystem-based marine spatial management".
3.2018 - 2.2020
Project status: ongoing
Das Projekt wird vom Thünen-Institut in Kooperation mit dem Alfred-Wegner-Institut und dem Windparkbetreiber WindMW Service GmbH durchgeführt und mit Mitteln des Bremer Umweltsenators aus dem Programm für Angewandte Umweltforschung (AUF) sowie Mitteln aus dem Europäischen Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) gefördert.