The Offshore Energy Research association (OERA) open research portal is now up and running. The portal provides easy access to Nova Scotia tidal energy research project documentation supported by the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA).

The site provides easy, sortable, and searchable access to a decade’s worth of published tidal energy research from leading tidal energy research groups, the vast majority of which are either Canadian or British, though the University of Maine also contributes.

Content includes areas such as marine renewable energy, legislation, strategic environmental assessments, socio-economics and hydrodynamic modeling research. Example recent papers measuring the acoustic detection range of large whales from an ocean glider; assessing damage done to moorings and cables in turbulent tidal flows; and passive acoustic monitoring of cetacean activity. But there is plenty more.

Papers are not only published onsite, but available for download for interested readers. Alisdair McLean, OERA’s Executive Director, said, “This new research sharing initiative is part of OERA and NSDEM’s commitment to ensure sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s tidal energy potential to the benefit of all its citizens.”

OERA is an independent, not-for-profit organization without a legislative or regulatory mandate. They fund and facilitate collaborative offshore energy and environmental research and development, including examination of renewable energy resources and their interaction with the marine environment. To use the site, visit tidalportal.oera.ca.

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