The Energy Diversification Sub Committee Presents "Reflections on Geophysical Survey Activities and Integration for Offshore Wind." by Timothy Watton
The offshore wind sector has begun to expand rapidly to meet the increasing demand for renewable energy sources so the world can meet global climate targets. For the first time it is projected that capital expenditure on offshore wind projects in 2022 in Europe will out compete that of offshore upstream oil and gas projects. This is an important milestone for the geophysical discipline as it indicates change in both the vendor market and the role geophysicists and geologist play in the relative to “traditional” expectations. This talk will walk through the main aspects of an offshore wind development, the requirements for geophysical survey and the challenges faced to make timely, cost-effective acquisition in difficult nearshore environments. Finally, the importance of integration towards engineering disciplines is highlighted showing the changing role that geoscientists have in the energy transition.