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TROPHIK

Ecosystem approach of marine renewable energies – Modeling the role of offshore wind farms in modifying the functioning of coastal food webs and cumulative impact

Duration: 2 years

Project description

Environmental impact studies for offshore wind projects endeavor to consider sensitivity to potential pressures of ecological compartments (benthos, birds and marine mammals). In this context, and as a complementary approach to the traditional impact assessment, the objective of the TROPHIK project is to develop an integrated ecosystem overview through the establishment of modeling tools considering the food web as a whole.
The proposed model will consider the entire ecosystem, from plankton to birds, and will include tools adapted to this ecosystemic approach. Work will be based on information from the wind farm of Courseulles-sur-Mer which is a representative site in the eastern basin of the Bay of Seine. The project will also improve understanding of the impacts of cumulative effects on ecosystems (predominant pressures before the introduction of marine renewable energies (MRE) exploitation: deposition of dredged material, fisheries, climate change, etc.).

Objectives

  • Model the actual interactions of the trophic network at the site of a future offshore wind farm
  • Analyze cumulative MRE impacts and other anthropic activities

Partners

Coordination: France Energies Marines
Scientific and technical management: Université de Caen Normandie

TROPHIK project partners
This work received state support managed by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future program (ANR-10-IEED-0006-12). It is one of the winners of the 2015 "Renewable Marine Energies" call for projects launched as part of the "Institutes for Energy Transition" action of the Future Investment Programme.
  
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