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Environmental Siting Suitability Analysis for Commercial Scale Ocean Renewable Energy: A Southeast Florida Case Study

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2014
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The main goal of this study is to facilitate the siting and full-scale implementation of Florida Atlantic University Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (FAU SNMREC) ocean current energy (OCE) projects as well as other future ocean projects offshore southeastern Florida through the analysis of benthic anchoring conditions. To realize this goal, this thesis will address the following objectives: 1) Assemble a comprehensive database of geologic and benthic parameters relevant to offshore southeast Florida OCE siting 2) Analyze seafloor geology core and grab samples in order to locate suitable substrate for anchoring 3) Analyze benthic biologic data to identify biologically sensitive areas which should be avoided in offshore southeast Florida OCE siting 4) Determine pathways for cables that avoid biologically sensitive areas 5) Create a finalized spatial layer identifying most likely offshore southeast Florida suitable areas based on seafloor geology, benthic communities and proximity to cables routes and 6) Discern what additional datasets are required to address offshore southeast Florida OCE siting. Preliminary results suggest near shore areas are unsuitable for OCE due to their high amounts of biologic activity, while areas further offshore likely contain sparse biologic presence and therefore are better suited for siting OCE. However, higher resolution benthic and seafloor core data will be necessary to gain a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the substrate offshore southeastern Florida for the purposes of OCE development.
Title: Environmental Siting Suitability Analysis for Commercial Scale Ocean Renewable Energy: A Southeast Florida Case Study.
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Name(s): Mulcan, Amanda
Hanson, Howard P.
Graduate College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Abstract
Date Created: 2014
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The main goal of this study is to facilitate the siting and full-scale implementation of Florida Atlantic University Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (FAU SNMREC) ocean current energy (OCE) projects as well as other future ocean projects offshore southeastern Florida through the analysis of benthic anchoring conditions. To realize this goal, this thesis will address the following objectives: 1) Assemble a comprehensive database of geologic and benthic parameters relevant to offshore southeast Florida OCE siting 2) Analyze seafloor geology core and grab samples in order to locate suitable substrate for anchoring 3) Analyze benthic biologic data to identify biologically sensitive areas which should be avoided in offshore southeast Florida OCE siting 4) Determine pathways for cables that avoid biologically sensitive areas 5) Create a finalized spatial layer identifying most likely offshore southeast Florida suitable areas based on seafloor geology, benthic communities and proximity to cables routes and 6) Discern what additional datasets are required to address offshore southeast Florida OCE siting. Preliminary results suggest near shore areas are unsuitable for OCE due to their high amounts of biologic activity, while areas further offshore likely contain sparse biologic presence and therefore are better suited for siting OCE. However, higher resolution benthic and seafloor core data will be necessary to gain a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the substrate offshore southeastern Florida for the purposes of OCE development.
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