Marine Renewables and the Environment

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General information

The course is provided by the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), a partnership of the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Exeter, HR Wallingford, and SAMS and is run by the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban. SAMS runs two of the IDCORE Programmes, the other course is Marine Renewables and Society.

The course gives attendees an understanding of the key oceanographic, biochemical and faunal features of coastal marine systems from an ecological perspective as they impinge on offshore renewable energy developments. Background biology of key habitats and species groups are introduced along with their likely vulnerabilities to interactions (negative or positive) to device construction or operation. The most common survey and data processing techniques are introduced along with practical demonstrations at sea and in the lab. Particular attention will be paid to the differences and difficulties of collecting unbiased data in high energy environments.

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of shelf sea processes; benthic and littoral habitats and pelagic marine vertebrates. Equipped with this, students will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the interaction of these topics and the offshore renewable energy sector. 

  1. The diversity of life in marine systems
  2. Principal tools used to study key species groups
  3. Experimental design and constraints
  4. Presentation preparation and delivery 

Our aim on this course is to introduce the diversity and complexity of marine life potentially interacting with marine renewable devices. Emphasise degrees of uncertainty, the current research cutting edge and the tools available to provide answers.

Contact Person: IDCORE Office (


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Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK 



£2.500. Price with accommodation and full board: £3.800. 


Prior knowledge assumed: Given that this is an introduction to marine biology for engineers we are assuming no prior knowledge.

Application Procedure:

To book a place or for more information please email or call 0131 651 9023.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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