A four-year research programme assessing the potential impact that the UK’s offshore wind sector will have on marine ecosystems as it grows has been launched. Called ECOWind, the £7m scheme is a joint effort between the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Crown Estate, which manages the seabed of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ECOWind is short for ‘ecological consequences of offshore wind’. Researchers will investigate how existing offshore wind farms have affected the marine environment and forecast how an expansion to the sector will affect fishing activities and the ability to deliver nature-based projects that improve climate resilience and sequester carbon.
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