2021-10-22
http://w3.windfair.net/wind-energy/news/38615-sofia-offshore-wind-farm-rwe-lidar-aerial-survey-approach-seabird-bird-monitoring-technique-apem-niras-uk-ornithology-survey

Sofia OWF to use novel bird monitoring technique

Pictures like this gannet and dolphin taken from an aircraft flying over the Dogger Bank array site are combined with data from LiDAR to identify flight height of individual birds.* (Image: Sofia OWF)Pictures like this gannet and dolphin taken from an aircraft flying over the Dogger Bank array site are combined with data from LiDAR to identify flight height of individual birds.* (Image: Sofia OWF)
APEM and NIRAS – will develop the project’s Ornithology Monitoring Plan and carry out the work usins a novel bird monitoring technique.

Official Press Release Sofia OWF:

Sofia the first UK project to use novel bird monitoring technique

Innovative approach integrates light detection and ranging (LiDAR) with traditional digital aerial surveys to accurately measure seabird flight heights offshore.

Sofia will be the first UK offshore wind farm to integrate both light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and traditional digital aerial surveys in a single aircraft for its pre-construction ornithology surveys. Two UK consultancies – aerial survey experts APEM and specialist ornithological consultants NIRAS – have been engaged by Sofia, 100% owned by RWE, to develop the project’s Ornithology Monitoring Plan and carry out the innovative work, which is now seen as the most accurate and precise way to measure seabird flight heights offshore. Twelve surveys, gathering data on potentially... ... More: Official Press Release Sofia OWF

Keywords:
Sofia, offshore, wind farm, RWE, LiDAR, aerial survey, approach, seabird, bird monitoring, technique, APEM, NIRAS, UK, ornithology survey







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