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1st Edition

Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning

ISBN 9780367508500
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
324 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The generation of offshore energy is a rapidly growing sector, competing for space in an already busy seascape. This book brings together the ecological, economic, and social implications of the spatial conflict this growth entails. Covering all energy-generation types (wind, wave, tidal, oil, and gas), it explores the direct and indirect impacts the growth of offshore energy generation has on both the marine environment and the existing uses of marine space.

Chapters explore main issues associated with offshore energy, such as the displacement of existing activities and the negative impacts it can have on marine species and ecosystems. Chapters also discuss how the growth of offshore energy generation presents new opportunities for collaboration and co-location with other sectors, for example, the co-location of wild-capture fisheries and wind farms.

The book integrates these issues and opportunities, and demonstrates the importance of holistic marine spatial planning for optimising the location of offshore energy-generation sites. It highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement in these planning processes and the role of integrated governance, with illustrative case studies from the United States, United Kingdom, northern Europe, and the Mediterranean. It also discusses trade-off analysis and decision theory and provides a range of tools and best practices to inform future planning processes.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Marine spatial planning in the age of offshore energy

Katherine L. Yates, Johanna Polsenberg, Andronikos Kafas and Corey J. A. Bradshaw

Chapter 1 Marine spatial planning: an idea whose time has come

Charles N. Ehler

Chapter 2 Methods and utility of ecosystem service trade-off analysis for guiding marine planning of offshore energy

Joel Stevens, Sarah E. Lester and Crow White

Chapter 3 It starts with a conversation: achieving conservation goals in collaboration with the offshore energy industry

Johanna Polsenberg and Anna Kilponen

Chapter 4 Challenges and opportunities for governance in marine spatial planning

Lucy Greenhill

Chapter 5 Legal aspects of marine spatial planning

Erik van Doorn and Sarah Fiona Gahlen

Chapter 6 Displacement of existing activities

Andronikos Kafas, Penelope Donohue, Ian Davies and Beth E. Scott

Chapter 7 Tracing regime shifts in the provision of coastal-marine cultural ecosystem services

Kira Gee and Benjamin Burkhard

Chapter 8 Environmental implications of offshore energy

Andrew B. Gill, Silvana N.R. Birchenough, Alice R. Jones, Adrian Judd, Simon Jude, Ana Payo-Payo and Ben Wilson

Chapter 9 Meaningful stakeholder participation in marine spatial planning with offshore energy

Katherine L. Yates

Chapter 10 Capturing benefits: opportunities for the co-location of offshore energy and fisheries

Tara Hooper, Matthew Ashley and Melanie Austen

Chapter 11 Compatibility of offshore energy installations with marine protected areas

Ruth H. Thurstan, Katherine L. Yates and Bethan C. O’Leary

Chapter 12 Marine spatial planning and stakeholder collaboration: advancing offshore wind energy and ocean ecosystem protection in New England

Priscilla M. Brooks and Tricia K. Jedele

Chapter 13 Co-locating offshore wind farms and marine protected areas: a United Kingdom perspective

Matthew Ashley, Melanie Austen, Lynda Rodwell and Stephen C. Mangi

Chapter 14 Conservation challenges in the face of new hydrocarbon discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea

Tessa Mazor, Noam Levin, Eran Brokovich and Salit Kark

Chapter 15 Siting offshore energy arrays: a case study using interactive marine planning

Karen A. Alexander, Ron Janssen and Timothy G. O’Higgins

Chapter 16 The future of marine spatial planning

Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Lucy Greenhill and Katherine L. Yates

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Katherine L. Yates is a Lecturer at The University of Salford, United Kingdom, specialising in spatial planning, distribution modelling, and stakeholder engagement. She is also a National Environmental Research Council Knowledge Exchange Fellow working with the United Kingdom Marine Management Organisation.

Corey J. A. Bradshaw is Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology and Professor in the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. His research is mainly in the area of global-change ecology—how human endeavour and climate fluctuations have altered past, present, and future ecosystems.


"Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning contributes expert, thoughtful and useful information and analysis to anyone focusing on MSP in areas of the ocean where hydrocarbon, wind, wave, and tidal projects are contemplated." - Van Penick, in Ocean Yearbook 33, Brill Nijhoff, 2019