Day 1, 26 November 2013 (PM only)
12h00 - 13h00: Registration
13h00 - 13h30: Welcome
Marijn Rabaut - representative of the Belgian Ministry for the North Sea
Jaak Rutten - CEO C-Power
13h30 - 13h45: Introduction to the symposium: Motivation, content and objectives
13h45 - 15h15: Belgian monitoring findings
Marisa Di Marcantonio – Setting the scene of Belgian offshore wind farms
Sofie Vandendriessche & Dries Vanden Eynde – Impacts on soft sediment fauna
Ilse De Mesel & Jan Reubens – Impacts on hard substrate fauna
15h15 - 16h00: Coffee break
16h00 - 17h15: Belgian monitoring findings (ctd.)
Jan Haelters & Nicolas Vanermen – Impacts on top predators
Delphine Coates & Jan Reubens – Attraction or production?
Bob Rumes – Nuancing impact interpretation
17h15 - 17h45: External review process and findings
Han Lindeboom, Jennifer Dannheim, Andrew Gill & Dan Wilhelmsson - External scientific committee findings, with special attention to future monitoring
17h45 - 18h15: Poster pitch presentations
Brzana R. and Janas U. - Offshore wind farms as a future substratum for hard bottom comunnities in the Southern Baltic Sea
Coates D. et al. - Large and small scale changes in macrobenthic communities in Belgian OWFs
Debusschere E. et al. - Where the action is: underwater noise and its effects on sea bass larvae (Dicentrarchus labrax) at a piling platform
de Haan D. et al. - Underwater acoustic characteristics of the OWEZ wind farm operation (T1)
Hoeschle C. et al. - Minimizing the effects of pile driving noise on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) with bubble curtains
Roland K. et al. - Lobster settlement at the offshore wind farm Riffgat, German Bight (North Sea)
Lagerveld S. et al. - Bat activity in offshore wind farms in the Netherlands
Noel L. and McCormack R. - Improving Water Quality and Health: A Novel Benefit of Offshore Wind Energy
Rostin L. and Martin G. - The long term effect of construction of offshore windpark on benthic biota in the NE Baltic Sea
Šaškov A. et al. - Comparing manual and computer-assisted benthic cover estimations from underwater imagery for offshore wind farms impact assessment.
Schläppy M.-L. et al. - Impact hypothesis for offshore wind farms: explanatory models for species distribution at extremely exposed rocky reefs.
Vanhellemont Q. et al. - Satellite observations of turbidity and suspended sediments in support of offshore wind farms.
18h15 - 19h30: Poster session (with accompanying reception)
20h00 - 23h00: Symposium dinner “Eating with dinosaurs”
Day 2, 27 November 2013 (full day)
9h00 . 9h15
- Introduction to day 2: Brief summary of day 1 findings and expectations for day 2
9h15 . 10h45
- Session 1: .Structural ecological impacts of offshore wind farms and future prospects.:
- Jennifer Dannheim - Changes in benthos at alpha ventus . lessons learnt from monitoring evaluation.
- Roland Krone - Mobile demersal megafauna abundances at wind farm alpha ventus foundations (German Bight) . two years after construction.
- Loes Bolle - Do pile-driving sounds cause mortality in larval fish?
- Ross McGregor - Results of ornithological analysis for a UK offshore wind farm: Robin Rigg, Solway, Scotland.
- Stefan Garthe - Effects of the wind farm alpha ventus (North Sea, Germany) on distribution patterns, behaviour and flight heights of seabirds.
- Roel May - Strategic impact assessment of offshore wind power in Norway - impacts on seabirds.
10h45 . 11h15
- Coffee break
- Session 2: .Functional, behavioural impacts of offshore in farms and future prospects.:
- Jan Vanaverbeke - Indirect effect of wind mill farms on benthic ecosystem functioning: experimental results.
- Ralf Aumüller - Growing insights into behavioural responses of diurnally migrating birds to offshore wind farms.
- Ron Kastelein - Effect of pile driving sound on the hearing and behavior of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina).
- Karen Krijgsveld - Bird research in the Dutch offshore Wind Farm Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ); main findings and future challenges in a neighbouring country.
- Daniel Wood - Floating Wind Turbines: Environmental Considerations.
12h30 . 13h30
13h30 . 15h00
- Session 3: .Technical and analytical prospects.:
- Mark Rehfisch - The use of high resolution stills photography to identify and enumerate seabirds.
- Jan Reubens - Should we allow small-scale fisheries at offshore wind farms?
- Christopher Moore - Wind Energy and Fisheries - A Mid-Atlantic Perspective
- Angeliki Koulouri - Monitoring activities of the offshore industry.
- Annette Grilli - The use of artificial intelligence algorithms to assess ecological patterns from marine landscapes. The RIOSAMP experience.
- Silvana Birchenough - Developing a framework to assess cumulative effects associated with offshore wind farms.
15h00 . 15h30
- Coffee break
15h30 . 17h00
- Plenary discussion with moderating panel; subject .Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes.
- Moderating panel
- Scientific committee
- Representatives of the offshore wind farm industry
- Moderating panel
Day 3, 28 November 2013
This side event will be an informative full day trip with the research vessel Belgica to the Belgian wind farms. We will leave in the morning from Brussels and travel by bus to the coast. From there we will start a tour to the Belgian wind farms. On board there will informative presentations and demonstrations about the wind farms and the environmental monitoring. The number of places for this event will be limited. Participants will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
8h00: departure in Brussels (in front of the RBINS)
8h00-10h00: bus trip to Zeebrugge
10h00-10h30: embarkation on the RV Belgica
10h30-12h30: sampling activities and presentations
13h00-14h30: presentations and transit to the Belgian wind farm area
14h30-15h30: loop inside the wind farm area
15h30-17h30: onboard presentations and transit back to Zeebrugge
18h00-20h00: bus trip back to Brussels
This programme is weather permitting. The final go or no go will be decided on Wednesday November 27th and will be communicated during the conference. In case we will not sail out, there will be a back-up programme.