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Research Events at Hatfield

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DEI, Greenspace and Hatfield College Public Lecture

11th February 2016, 17:30 to 19:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Michael Slattery

Utility-sclae wind energy projects: Managing public perception and environmental risk.

Free DEI Seminar by Professor Michael Slattery, Texas Christian University, USA

In this presentation Mike Slattery will focus on two key issues for developers of utility-scale wind projects: (1) public perception and acceptance of/opposition to wind farms; and (2) environmental impacts, specifically as it relates to wildlife. The research was conducted throughout several important States for wind development stretching from Texas to Iowa. The issue of concern is that, while general public and political support for wind energy is often high, siting wind farms frequently raises concerns in local communities, and individual projects often fail because of effective public opposition. The goal is a better understanding of public reactions to large-scale wind developments and their impact on the environment as a prerequisite of more widespread use of renewable energy resources.

Professor Mike Slattery is Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies and Lead Scientist on the TCU-Oxford-Nextera Wind Research Initiative at Texas Christian University. Originally from South Africa, he is an internationally-trained geographer and environmental scientist: his Bachelor's is from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Masters from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, England. Mike has worked in diverse landscapes ranging from the Namib Desert in southern Africa to the cloud forests of Costa Rica. In 2008 he helped establish a research station and several biodiversity and conseration programmes in Costa Rica, included a Green Macaw Protection Initiative. His research expertise is on human impact on the environment, especially river systesm, and he teaches courses on the environment, soils, hydrology, and climate.

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