Launch of Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas

Ireland’s Marine Renewable Energy Atlas is an on-line mapping service for the marine renewable energy community.  Researchers, developers and anyone with an interest in the future prospects for Ireland’s offshore renewable energy can freely view and download relevant marine spatial data.  The Marine Energy Atlas is a one-stop-shop for spatial information about the marine environment. It is a planning tool for resource assessment, identification of sites for development or understanding environmental and oceanographic interactions.   

Through the Atlas, data are readily available about the wave and tidal resource, users and activities in the marine environment, marine energy infrastructures, protected sites, environmental and oceanographic monitoring, geology and seabed habitats.  Data from the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) are included.  The OREDP was published by DCENR in 2014 and provides the policy framework for the exploitation of wave, tidal and offshore wind and renewable energy resources in Ireland’s marine territory. 

The Atlas was developed by the Marine Institute, in partnership with SEAI.  In addition to the 13 other organisations that provided data:

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Geological Survey Ireland
  • Irish Naval Service
  • MaREI
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Ordnance Survey Ireland
  • OSPAR Commission
  • Petroleum Affairs Division (Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

You can visit the Atlas at http://atlas.marine.ie/OceanEnergy.  The data are managed in accordance with the European Directive on harmonising environmental data known as INSPIRE.  Please refer to the Terms & Conditions associated with the use of the Atlas.  The Marine Institute or the Data Providers assume no legal liability or responsibility for the data.

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