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A Protocol for Implementing the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) approach: Quantifying and Assessing the Effects of UK Offshore Renewable Energy Developments on Marine Mammal Populations

doi: 
10.7489/1486-1

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 5 No 2

Our understanding of the effects of underwater noise and other disturbing activities on marine mammals, and of how to assess and quantify potential impacts, is rapidly evolving. The Steering Group for the Interim PCoD work emphasise that this framework is very much an interim measure, that is, the Interim PCoD approach has been developed to help developers, regulators and advisers working on offshore renewable energy projects now. It is expected that the framework will be further refined and built upon over time as more evidence becomes available. The Interim PCoD approach should be regarded as another tool among others already available for assessing potential impacts of disturbance on marine mammal populations. How appropriate it will be for use with particular projects and situations should be decided on a case by case basis. It is important that developers considering using the Interim PCoD approach seek advice from the SNCBs and/or regulators at an early stage.

Please note that the model code has been updated since this release. See http://dx.doi.org/10.7489/1995-1

Citation: 
Booth, C., Donovan, C., King, S., Schick, R. 2014. A Protocol for Implementing the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) approach: Quantifying and Assessing the Effects of UK Offshore Renewable Energy Developments on Marine Mammal Populations. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 5 No 2. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. 90pp

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Publisher
Modified Date
2017-10-11
Release Date
2014-10-10
Identifier
1aae42ef-52c1-4297-91d4-fa2e391a45dd
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Scotland
Temporal Coverage
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 00:00 to Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 00:00
License
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Author
John Harwood
Data Dictionary

An expert elicitation process was designed specifically to provide parameter values for the functions that form part of the model. Those values should not be used to infer how disturbance might affect vital rates outside of the context of this model. In addition, the expert elicitation and the subsequent analysis of the results from the elicitation process were designed to capture the uncertainty expressed by individual experts, and the variability among experts in their opinions.

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Marine Scotland Science Enquiries
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Public