Two pre-meeting workshops will take place on Tuesday, November 27. Please note that workshops will be held concurrently. Workshops are not included in general meeting registration. Learn more about registration and pricing here.

Generalized Estimator (GenEst) Training

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In the past, numerous statistical approaches have been developed to calculate project-wide fatality estimates from raw data from turbine surveys. However, accurate estimation is surprisingly difficult, and different statistical approaches can lead to widely differing results. We will discuss some of the challenges and how new statistical models have resolved many of the issues. The new models are now available in an easy-to-use software package, GenEst (short for “generalized estimator”), marking substantial advances in reliability, consistency, and usability of estimators.

The primary focus of the workshop will be the software itself: installation, data requirements, modeling, estimation, and interpretation of results. After an initial walk-through of the software, participants will have the opportunity to work through example data sets on their own computers and discuss the models and software with GenEst developers.

Offshore Wind Energy and Wildlife: Applying Lessons Learned for U.S. Development

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As offshore wind is developed in the US, questions remain regarding risks to wildlife above and below the water surface. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world to share experiences in both land-based and offshore development that could facilitate timely and responsible development of offshore wind in the US. Topics to be covered include:

  • Status of offshore development and research in the US
    • Planned/potential development areas in Atlantic and Pacific
    • Current understanding of risks and impacts to species of concern
    • Research needs and ongoing coordination efforts
  • Lessons learned from European offshore development and research
  • Applying experiences and strategies from land-based wind to the future of offshore wind-wildlife research

The workshop will feature expert presentations and opportunities for participant discussion and feedback.