Accommodating wave and tidal energy: knowledge transfer and the role of marine spatial planning

Kate R Johnson, Sandy Kerr

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    Harvesting the energy of waves and tides is still the subject of research and development as an increasing number of ingenious devices are invented and subjected to test. It is unclear which, if any, of these will ultimately be chosen for commercial deployment but the capacity for research and testing has expanded rapidly into an active multi-million pound sector. Preparations for a commercial phase are underway in Scotland with the allocation of seabed leases to developers in the seas around Orkney; just in advance of Scotland’s first detailed
    Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) which is under preparation in the area. Anxiety to build
    confidence in a new and nationally important industrial sector conflicts with a plethora of uncertainties about technology and impacts on the natural environment and existing uses. MSP will help to build a new governance structure for marine space but in the Pentland Firth and Orkney (PFOW) waters area it is struggling to catch up with events. The EU FP7 funded MESMA programme is designed to create a generic framework and tools for MSP tested through nine case studies across Europe including one of the PFOW which is led by ICIT/Heriot-Watt University. This paper examines the PFOW case study and the gaps in knowledge which must be filled to build MSP and the development of a balanced and sustainable marine energy industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICES Annual Science Conference
    Subtitle of host publication19-23 September 2011: business meetings 17-24 September: Gdansk Music and Congress Centre, Gdansk, Poland
    PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventICES Annual Science Conference - Gdansk, Poland
    Duration: 19 Sept 201123 Sept 2011


    ConferenceICES Annual Science Conference
    Abbreviated titleICES


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