Emergence of Offshore Wind: Opportunities for Research & Monitoring at National Scales
Offshore wind installations are accelerating across the globe with forecasts projects ranging from 65 to 100 GW operational between 2023 and 2025 with increased deployments in United Kingdom, France, Asia and the United States. While still limited, there is an increasing body of research focused on the specific processes that describe the interaction between offshore wind turbines and underlying ocean conditions, at scales ranging from individual turbines to entire wind farms. Funding opportunities are also increasing to support research, with a major focus on establishing pre-construction baselines. This work will explore on-going research and monitoring efforts to understand relationships between offshore wind and physical, ecological, and social environments, socioeconomics, and communities across the United States.