‘Ecosystem Services’ Help Assess Ocean Energy Development
(Click to enlarge) An ecosystem services approach: Public data sources from the Northeast Ocean Data portal help determine the impact of a new tidal energy project between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Green areas show show coastal bird habitat. (Credit: Image courtesy of Brown University)
With many projects under development in coastal regions such as New England, tidal power — which extracts “hydrokinetic” energy from marine environments — seems poised to join other U.S. commercial power sources.
(From ScienceDaily)– A new study finds that little is known of the impacts that tidal power projects may have on coastal environments and the people who depend on them, but that the perspective of “ecosystem services” could provide a promising framework for evaluating impacts. Read the full story »