Calling for entries from companies and consortia interested to progress a research project entitled ‘Review of current and planned monitoring of seabird behaviour across operational wind farms’, created under ORJIP Offshore Wind Stage 2.
Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Offshore Wind launched its second stage in July 2019 with the objective of identifying, prioritising and selecting research to reduce consenting risk for offshore wind.
The need for further strategic monitoring of seabird behaviour within operational wind farms was identified as a key research topic. ORJIP Offshore Wind has selected an initial piece of work to determine the extent of any future Discretionary Project to conduct seabird monitoring at an operational wind farm(s).
This project will seek to review completed, operational and planned monitoring studies and (if appropriate) emerging monitoring technologies to assess the capacity of their (actual, planned or likely) outputs to: a) inform empirical collision estimates; and b) quantify reactive (and other relevant) behaviours for seabirds within offshore wind farms. Power calculations will be used to quantify uncertainty in estimates of actual collision rates and behavioural parameters associated with a range of different monitoring study designs and sample sizes. The results of the work will inform the scope of a future Discretionary Project.
Clarification questions should be received by 27 November 2020. Answers to these questions will be posted below by 11 December 2020 at the latest.
The closing date to receive tender submissions is 18 December 2020, 17:30 BST.