SMSOE Seminar Series

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The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering invites you to our monthly seminar series! This series is designed to bring the UNH and local marine communities together to learn, discuss, network and hopefully to develop new ideas and ways to collaborate with partners both on and off campus. Each seminar will include several short talks relating to the seminar's theme, followed by an opportunity for questions and a social. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The seminars are launched with the following goals in mind:

  • Promote awareness and identity for the SMSOE Community both within and outside of UNH.
  • Build connections both on- and off-campus among UNH researchers, students, educators, stakeholders and others around important topics related to marine and coastal resources.
  • Facilitate discussions that will help focus research and other efforts to effectively address challenges and opportunities facing management of marine and coastal resources.

The event is designed to include one hour of presentations and Q&A followed by a one-hour social.

Past Seminar:

Gulf of Maine Offshore Renewable Energy: Federal and State Perspectives and Lessons Learned from the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Presentation)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Panel Discussion and Networking)
Squamscott Room, Holloway Commons
75 Main Street, Durham NH

With the Gulf of Maine Offshore Wind Development Task Force having recently kicked off its process at UNH, we are just at the beginning the lengthy process of exploring offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine (GOM). The aim of this seminar is to orient and engage both researchers and stakeholders so they are better prepared to participate in the process.

James Bennett from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Matt Millouix from the NH Governors Office of Strategic Initiatives will discuss the process and motivation for offshore wind in the GOM, and Grover Fugate from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council will share his experiences shepherding the Block Island Wind Farm development through all stages of the process  from beginning to end. Mr. Fugate will focus on lessons learned that can inform the process here in the GOM.

An informal panel discussion will follow the speakers. Joining the speakers on the panel will be Dr. Michael Ferguson from the UNH Department of Recreation Management and Policy who has recently completed a study investigating public opinion on offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine, and Dr. Martin Wosnik, from the UNH Department of Mechanical Engineering who has worked extensively on ocean renewable energy projects.

This event includes light refreshments and cash bar. Parking is available in the Campus Crossing Visitor Lot located on Mill Road (parking fees apply).