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The Pentland Firth is an area with a very strong and highly turbulent tidal current, offering excellent potential for the generation of tidal energy. However the environment is, as yet, poorly documented or understood.
The focus of this project is to better understand the relation of benthic habitats and extreme flow environments. Specifically this project seeks to develop a core understanding of densities, distributions and diversities of benthic assemblages of epifauna in relation to extreme flow environments, and determine predictions on possible ecological impacts due to the installation of tidal energy devices (TED)