Study provides insight for future of NY offshore wind energy

A new study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aims to help guide potential future offshore wind energy developments in New York.

The report, "A Biogeographic Assessment of Seabirds, Deep Sea Corals and Ocean Habitats of the New York Bight," provides mapping, analysis for renewable energy planning and offshore habitat protection. The study seeks to help the state identify favorable wind energy development sites in the Atlantic while providing information to protect critical offshore bird and fish habitats.

The report is the result of a two-year collaboration between the New York Department of State’s Ocean and Great Lakes Program and NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to compile and interpret existing ecological information the state needed for offshore renewable energy planning.

The project was made possible by many academic partners and federal and state agencies that provided data and reviews of the study approach and results. NOAA and the New York Department of State staff worked on the project, and partners included the University of Alaska, Biology and Wildlife Department; the University of Texas, Institute for Geophysics; NOAA and University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping & Joint Hydrographic Center; The Nature Conservancy, Mid-Atlantic Marine Program; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

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