A tool for simulating collision probabilities of animals with marine renewable energy devices

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© 2017 Schmitt et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The mathematical problem of establishing a collision probability distribution is often not trivial. The shape and motion of the animal as well as of the the device must be evaluated in a four-dimensional space (3D motion over time). Earlier work on wind and tidal turbines was limited to a simplified two-dimensional representation, which cannot be applied to many new structures. We present a numerical algorithm to obtain such probability distributions using transient, three-dimensional numerical simulations. The method is demonstrated using a sub-surface tidal kite as an example. Necessary pre- and post-processing of the data created by the model is explained, numerical details and potential issues and limitations in the application of resulting probability distributions are highlighted.

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Schmitt, P., Culloch, R., Lieber, L., Molander, S., Hammar, L., & Kregting, L. (2017). A tool for simulating collision probabilities of animals with marine renewable energy devices. PLoS ONE, 12(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188780

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