Partners in Science: Offshore Wind and the Mid-Atlantic Cold Pool


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Above: Workshop participants network during a break.

September 5th, 2019

Offshore wind developers and coastal managers need accurate information about the ocean to responsibly introduce wind energy to the Mid-Atlantic Bight. On July 17, 2019, MARACOOS co-sponsored a workshop that brought together developers, state and federal agencies, commercial fishers, and scientific researchers to discuss the oceanographic features of the Mid-Atlantic Bight Cold Pool that impact offshore wind.

The Partners in Science Workshop: Offshore Wind and the Mid-Atlantic Cold Pool started with presentations by ocean experts from Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Dr. Travis Miles and Dr. Scott Glenn presented an overview of the physical features of the Cold Pool. Ocean temperature directly impacts wind speed, so understanding how the Cold Pool causes temperature fluctuations is essential to an accurate view of wind resources.

Dr. Grace Saba and Dr. Daphne Munroe presented an overview of the biological and ecological impacts of the Cold Pool. The location and abundance of commercially important species are impacted by the Cold Pool. As fishing grounds change with the location of the Cold Pool, they may overlap with offshore wind development areas. Coastal managers need accurate ocean information to help the offshore energy and commercial and recreational fishing industries grow together in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Left to right: Travis Miles, Joe Brodie, and Scott Glenn present at the Partners in Science workshop in Tuckerton, NJ.

The workshop was held at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. Moderated by Dr. Josh Kohut and Dr. Joseph Brodie of Rutgers University, the workshop included afternoon discussion sessions aimed at identifying the informational needs for the healthy development of the offshore wind industry in the Mid-Atlantic. This event was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Rutgers University, and MARACOOS.

Workshop participants will produce a white paper stating the needs of the industries and proposing ideas for the future progress of offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic.

Contact MARACOOS Engagement Liaison Dr. Josh Kohut for additional information at kohut@marine.rutgers.edu.

Recordings of the workshop presentations and slide PDFs are available below: