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ENVIRONMENTAL OIL AND GAS PROJECTS

 

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (Oil and Gas)

 

Dr. Kate Gormley will commence a 3-year NERC funded Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in October 2014.

WHAT IS THE VISION?

To become a trusted environmental "broker" between the industry, adcadmia and NERC.

 WHY DO WE NEED THIS?

  • Legislation requirements and commitments such as the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSRD), OSPAR, Marine Protected Areas and the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive.
  • Knowledge gaps that are particularly high on the political agenda in relation to offshore industries include the assessment of cumulative impacts and the recovery of impacts
  • Industry-driven changes and challengea lead to a requirement for better environmental management, such as: deommissioning, new and challenging environments, unconventional hydrocarbons and integrated monitoring programmes.

 HOW WILL IT BE ACHIEVED?

By developing a Knowledge Exchange programme centred around the accessibility of environmental data and building upon current industry/academia projects and hypothesis-led science.

At present environmental data used in offshore industry Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and permit applications (e.g. PONs) are located in many different places, and in many different data formats.

This fellowship will pull these data sources together into a single online database portal, where data can be mapped for a particular area of interest.

WHERE WILL THIS LEAD IN THE FUTURE?

  • Will work with DECC and the other regulators to implement the online portal for use by industry
  • Will support future data management and analysis
  • Will grow to include other industries (e.g. offshore renewables)
  • Supports industry environmental policy and EIA process developments
  • Facilitate move towards online Environmental Statements
  • Encourage submission of other/additional industry/academia data sources
Timescale Funding Body Partners Project Advisors Fellow
October 2014 to October 2017 NERC

BGS

NOC

Oil and Gas UK

Marine Scotland

DECC

Dr. Kate Gormley

 

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