The last EIMR conference was held April 30 - May 1 2014 on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, Scotland. Two hundred scientists from the UK, Europe, and North America came together at the An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway, for two days of oral and poster presentations, with a series of workshops on closely related topics rounding out the week.
This is the second EIMR conference, following a very successful gathering in Kirkwall on Orkney, Scotland in 2012. The EIMR conference is rapidly becoming a major international gathering for researchers, regulators, and students who focus on understanding the potential environmental effects of marine energy development.
As wave and tidal energy developments emerge around the world, there continues to be knowledge gaps about interactions of these devices with ecological and physical processes in the marine environment. The emerging marine energy industry needs input from the research community to site and permit their developments; at the same time, these new developments presents the research community with rare opportunities to investigate interactions.
The oral presentation, papers and posters presented at EIMR 2014 are provided via this link to the Tethys website. Each paper or poster is listed by first author, along with a brief description. Most papers include an extended abstract, video of presentation slides, and an audio file of the presentation, all attached as downloadable pdfs. A few papers and sessions do not have complete audio or video files. Some posters are presented as downloadable pdfs as well.
EIMR in context
As developments accelerate and fresh challenges emerge it has become clear there are gaps in our understanding, particularly around our knowledge of the interactions between these increasingly physical and ecologically complex devices and their environment. The extent of planned developments is extensive and there is limited resources and information available for certain topics (location and populations of species at sea, commercial fisheries and shipping, likelihood of collisions, etc). This presents the academic community with a unique opportunity to harness its significant capabilities to work alongside the ongoing technological development of marine renewables. This would allow the generation of a shared, holistic view where potentially negative impacts may be balanced through wider benefits to the environment and society in terms of subtle changes to habitats and hydrodynamic interactions with coastal areas. Such a view would contribute to a growing academic evidence base that can support the emergent industry in the marine renewables arena.
The International Conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Energy Devices aims to serve as a major forum for global researchers and professionals to come together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities.