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Ocean Science Bar

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Ocean offshore wind farms at Hywind Tampen

Photo: Anne Christine Utne Palm / IMR
Date 26. October 2023 19:30 - 20:30
Location Statsraaden Bar & Reception, Bergen

At the Ocean Science Bar, researchers from the Institute of Marine Research will present insights from some resent research projects with relevance to ocean wind farm development including results from the national ocean mapping program MAREANO, via impacts of underwater noise on marine life, to more specific studies on potential impacts of ocean wind farm development on marine life and fisheries. 

Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind Power Production

The Norwegian government has launched an ambitious plan for ocean offshore wind farms on the Norwegian continental shelf, with the aim to install 30 GW of electricity production by 2040. This planned activity come on top of other human activities in Norwegian ocean water such as fisheries, marine transport and oil & gas exploration. Moreover, this is on top of ambitions plans for similar development in neighboring countries around the North Sea basin. Knowledge on the potential impacts of such massive invasive development in our oceans are however limited. Moreover, large parts of the oceans are still not mapped in detail in terms of biological and geological diversity, both being important for identify vulnerable habitats and ecosystem services, and key for optimal siting of ocean wind farms in order to minimize negative ecological impacts. 


  1. Pål Buhl-Mortensen – Mapping the Oceans - exciting discoveries in the depth of the Norwegian Trench
  2. Lise Sivle Doksæter – Underwater soundscape and impact of anthropogenic noise on marine life
  3. Anne Christine Utne Palm – Impact of Offshore Ocean Wind farms on marine life and fisheries – updates from a research cruise with RV G.O. Sars on Hywind Tampen

Don't miss this unique opportunity to be updated on this important topic - mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable evening at Statsraaden Bar & Reception!