Accordingly, the Authority will use the metocean buoys on the offshore wind sector, as they are equipped with environmental and wildlife sensors.

The LiDARs will gather data for two years, that will be used to better understand the conditions needed to develop offshore wind. In the meantime, the sensors will also inform on the presence, frequency and distribution of birds, bats and marine mammals.

In early February, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the execution of two contracts to study the meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) conditions, called the New York Bight. DNV GL and Ocean Tech Services were the ones awarded.

Recently, NOAA further explained the meaning of the Bight, also referring to the New York Bight, which refers to the coastal area between Long Island and the New Jersey coast.

Regarding the project:

  • Ocean Tech Services: Will serve as a Floating LiDAR System Supplier (FLSS) and will be focused on permitting, hardware, deployment, maintenance, and decommissioning the LiDAR system;
  • DNV GL: Will serve as the Data Management and Analysis Contractor (DMAC) with the primary focus on data analysis, data storage, and data presentation.