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Title: Minimizing the possible effects of a tidal power barrage on the shorebird populations of the Severn Estuary

One important consequence of building a barrage across the Severn Estuary to generate electricity from tidal power would be a reduction in the tidal range upstream of such a barrage, which would in turn reduce the size of the intertidal feeding areas available to the nine species of shorebirds that occur there in internationally important numbers. However, it may be possible to select new low tide levels which would minimize the effects on birds without sacrificing too much power output. In any further studies, more attention needs to be paid to the possibility of such compromises between the interests of optimal power generation and environmental conservation.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6478760
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: J. Environ. Manage.; (United States); Journal Volume: 18:2
Research Org:
University Coll., Cardiff, Wales
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
16 TIDAL AND WAVE POWER; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIRDS; POPULATION DENSITY; TIDAL POWER; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; ANIMAL FEEDS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; ELECTRIC POWER; ESTUARIES; HABITAT; HYDRODYNAMICS; POWER GENERATION; ANIMALS; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUID MECHANICS; FOOD; MECHANICS; POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; SURFACE WATERS; VERTEBRATES 160500* -- Tidal & Wave Power-- Environmental Aspects; 520500 -- Environment, Aquatic-- Site Resource & Use Studies-- (-1989)