Gordon Stewart will speak on "Design Standards for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines".
This presentation will relate issues in planning theory to planning for large complex systems, specific attention will be given to the interdisciplinary nature of such planning.
Walt is developing a Web GIS platform for looking at offshore wind siting issues in the northeast region (and specific sites) that fellow IGERT students and faculty can post their datasets to. Having a system will provide a better collaborative vehicle to aid to better group discussion and interdisciplinary analysis.
Dr. Paton's research focuses on the conservation of vertebrate populations, with an emphasis on birds and amphibians. He is particularly interested in the impact of urbanization on vertebrates in New England. His recent avian research projects have included studies of the population ecology of neotropical migratory birds at a stopover site during fall migration, the effects of salt marsh restoration on Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, foraging habitat selection by wading birds in Narragansett Bay, and factors affecting plover populations along the coast.
Effectively communicating science and engineering is pivotal to the success of projects in general, and has an even more important impact on wind projects due to the negative opinions that abound. In this workshop, we will learn how to boil our complex research into a short, to-the-point description of the big picture and impacts of our research.