Impact assessments no longer restrict themselves simply to the impacts of the development site. Increasingly, a wider context is needed and the consequences of impacts on populations at a cumulative level is sought across a variety of scales and locations.
Deterministic and stochastic matrix models can be built and run using complex statistical software. By undertaking bespoke modelling, all of the important aspects of the model
structure, input parameters and outputs can be tailored to the individual needs of the analysis.
Population Viability Analysis (PVA) and Potential Biological Removal (PBR) are being used more frequently and the HiDef team is highly experienced in the issues of using both of these methods, and can help present our clients case to both the regulators and the statutory advisors. Will your proposal, alone or with others, have important local or regional impacts on key species? What is the likelihood of impacts being considered too large?
Collision Risk Modelling (CRM) is used on all onshore and offshore wind farms, as well as some tidal energy projects. HiDef worked under contract to Marine Scotland to develop the stochastic collision risk model which is currently being rolled out across offshore wind farm projects. We have the in-house capability to undertake all CRM for onshore and offshore wind, and tidal energy projects using the latest approaches and can use our experience to support your discussions with regulators and advisers.
We can support you by helping to answer these key questions, no matter how complex or daunting they may seem.