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Web Ecology An open-access peer-reviewed journal
Web Ecol., 16, 73-80, 2016
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09 Mar 2016
Greening offshore wind with the Smart Wind Chart evaluation tool
Takvor Soukissian1, Sofia Reizopoulou1, Paraskevi Drakopoulou1, Panagiotis Axaopoulos1, Flora Karathanasi1,2, Simona Fraschetti3, Laura Bray1, Federica Foglini4, Anastasios Papadopoulos1, Francesco De Leo3, Chara Kyriakidou1, Evangelos Voukouvalas5, Evangelos Papathanassiou1, and Ferdinando Boero3,6 1Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, P.O. Box 712, 190 13 Anavyssos, Greece
2School of Naval Archit. & Marine Eng., National Technical Univ. of Athens, Heroon Polytechneiou 15573, Zografos, Athens, Greece
3Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, Università del Salento, CoNISMa, Via Prov.le Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
4CNR-National Research Council of Italy, ISMAR-Marine Sciences Institute, via Gobetti 101, 40129, Bologna, Italy
5European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Climate Risk Management Unit, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
6Istituto di Scienze Marine del CNR, 16149, Genoa, Italy
Abstract. The development of offshore wind farms (OWFs) and the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) comprise two main elements for the production of clean energy, and the simultaneous maintenance and protection of biodiversity in the Mediterranean and Black seas. Successful, efficient, and sustainable coupling of these two aspects presumes that the criteria for selecting suitable locations for the deployment of OWFs should not only include technical-engineering terms (e.g. high wind energy efficiency, bottom suitability, inland infrastructures) but also ecological–environmental considerations (e.g. the least possible impact on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning) and socio-economic aspects (e.g. effects on coastal and marine activities, development of marine spatial planning). In the context of the FP7 CoCoNet project, the integration between OWFs and MPAs is based on four main steps: (i) the identification of existing (networks of) MPAs focusing on the biodiversity distribution patterns and current legislation, (ii) the coupling of offshore wind potential within networks of MPAs, (iii) the evaluation of the knowledge gained up to date and the theoretical approaches at the two pilot sites of the Mediterranean and Black sea basins, and (iv) the development of the "Smart Wind Chart", a convenient and rational tool addressed to scientists and policy makers for the evaluation of maritime policy management schemes. The latter step comprises the core of this work.

Citation: Soukissian, T., Reizopoulou, S., Drakopoulou, P., Axaopoulos, P., Karathanasi, F., Fraschetti, S., Bray, L., Foglini, F., Papadopoulos, A., De Leo, F., Kyriakidou, C., Voukouvalas, E., Papathanassiou, E., and Boero, F.: Greening offshore wind with the Smart Wind Chart evaluation tool, Web Ecol., 16, 73-80,, 2016.
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The identification of potential zones for offshore wind farm development is a delicate and multifaceted procedure. For this aim, a holistic approach has been adopted integrating technical and environmental criteria related to the offshore wind energy exploitation. The integration is made feasible through the Smart Wind Chart that aims to maintain and secure the sustainable blue growth in the Mediterranean Sea through the support of offshore wind energy projects and marine habitat conservation.
The identification of potential zones for offshore wind farm development is a delicate and...