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PML scientists evaluate the evidence-base on the impacts of offshore wind farms

5 March 2024

New metrics are needed to help policymakers assess the benefits and environmental effects of offshore wind more effectively, writes Ecosystems Services Scientist Dr Claire Szostek in the Conversation UK

‘Towering up to 260m above the ocean’s surface, modern wind turbines are impressive feats of engineering, producing much-needed renewable energy. But what happens beneath the waves? 

Government policymakers need reliable evidence to make planning decisions about new offshore wind developments and ensure positive outcomes. Currently, this evidence comes from a huge variety of sources, resulting in a lack of consistency and conflicting conclusions.’ 

Following the publication of “Primary vs grey: A critical evaluation of literature sources used to assess the impacts of offshore wind farms”, Dr Claire Szostek has written about her findings in The Conversation UK. 

Read the full story on the Conversation UK website here >>