Acoustic imaging around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field deployments of the FLOWBEC platform

Benjamin Williamson, Philippe Blondel, James Waggitt, S Fraser, Paul Bell, Beth Scott

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Rapid development of Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MREDs) strongly focuses on tidal and wave sites, although little is known of impacts on surrounding ecosystems. Quantification of the behavior and distribution of animals around MREDs is crucial to understanding these impacts. The NERC/Defra collaboration FLOw, Water column and Benthic ECology (FLOWBEC) produced an innovative subsea platform [1], which includes an Imagenex multibeam echosounder oriented along the axis of tidal flow, and an EK60 multifrequency echosounder, identifying targets and characterising the morphology of turbulence. Co-registration and tracking [2] will be illustrated with examples from five 2-week deployments at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd PRIMaRE Conference
EditorsJun Zang, Andrew Plummer, Carlos Perez-Collazo, Philippe Blondel
Place of PublicationUniversity of Bath
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2016
Event3rd PRIMaRE conference: World-class research and technology transfer in marine energy - University of Bath, Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20166 Jul 2016


Conference3rd PRIMaRE conference
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
Internet address


  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Acoustics
  • sonar
  • marine ecosystem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Environmental Science(all)


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