Thursday, August 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:30PM Eastern

Webinar transcript

Presenter: Manuela Huso, U.S. Geological Survey

AnchorThe NWCC and WREN (Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy) held a webinar on a new generalized fatality estimator (GenEst).

Fatality estimates are a fundamental tool for evaluating the impacts of wind turbines on wildlife and identifying solutions to minimize those impacts. In the past, numerous statistical approaches have been developed to calculate project-wide fatality estimates from raw data from turbine surveys to provide project-wide fatality estimates. The Generalized Estimator (GenEst) is developed by statisticians who created several of the current approaches, and incorporates concepts from these prior efforts to apply the most relevant and unbiased statistical adjustments based on the user’s data and how they were collected. The goal of GenEst is to improve the accuracy of fatality estimates at wind facilities with a free, user-friendly software tool.

This NWCC/WREN webinar provided a first look at GenEst and how it can be used to estimate fatalities at wind facilities.