H. T. Harvey & Associates led a collaborative effort to review the potential ecological effects of Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) technology on nearshore marine communities, identify critical knowledge gaps, and prioritize research needs. To meet the various goals of the project, we partnered with scientists from the University of California, Davis; University of California, Santa Cruz; Humboldt State University; and the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research. Our goals were as follows:
Our team of expert ecologists was able to identify scientific studies that would inform the design and siting of devices in ways that would reduce population-level impacts on species, fill critical information needs, and provide the means for monitoring device operation to identify harmful impacts. In addition, H. T. Harvey & Associates described critical social and economic information gaps and prioritized research needs for filling these gaps.
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