Special Issue "Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Installations"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Louise Kregting
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Tel. +44 (0) 28 4272 7803
Interests: coastal processes; renewable energy; hydrodynamic modelling
Dr. Lilian Lieber
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Tel. +44 (0) 28 4272 7806
Interests: active acoustics; hydrodynamics; tidal stream environments; predator-prey interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine renewable energy extraction from wind, wave and tides has the potential to contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of our increasing energy demands and the provision of energy security for future generations. This requires the installation of large arrays of devices in coastal and shelf regions. However, there are still concerns regarding potential environmental impacts on the marine environment (including but not limited to marine mammals, elasmobranchs, seabirds, fish and benthic invertebrates). For marine energy to play a key role in the development of the blue economy, any environmental interactions between marine fauna and energy structures need to be considered.

High-quality papers are encouraged, for publication, on all aspects of environmental interactions of marine renewables as mentioned above. Research areas are envisaged to include but are not restricted to the modelling and quantification of device-environment interactions (including arrays) from individual to population-level effects as mentioned below: 

  • New (monitoring) technologies and methods
  • The management of space, including marine spatial planning
  • Collision risk
  • Marine fauna displacement, avoidance, and barrier effects
  • Marine fauna attraction and reef effects
  • Noise/soundscapes
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Bio-physical change (including sediment and flow dynamics and bio-physical oceanographic processes)

Dr. Louise Kregting
Dr. Lilian Lieber
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Biofouling
  • Collision risk
  • Offshore renewable energy
  • Noise
  • Benthic communities
  • Bio-physical processes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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