Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind formed a partnership with Rutgers University, the University of Rhode Island, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring project.
Ørsted signed an initial memorandum of understanding with Rutgers University in May 2019 to support academic research activities related to offshore wind. The ECO-PAM project will be in addition to this initial funding agreement.
The company plans to apply the project’s findings to develop tailored processes and procedures to better protect the North Atlantic right whale during survey, construction and operation phases of its U.S. offshore wind farm portfolio. The ECO-PAM project will ensure the company can act to solve the global climate crisis, while preserving local ecosystems.
Ørsted says the goal of the partnership is to better understand the habitat as well as the presence, distribution and seasonality of the endangered North Atlantic right whale within Ørsted lease areas.
A secondary and added benefit of the partnership will enable coastal communities to utilize the oceanographic data gathered to help with weather forecasting and predicting severe storms.