The WATER Group study wildlife in tidally energetic areas and how they interact with tidal energy devices. Explore the website to know more about our specific objectives.

The Wildlife And Tidal Energy Research (WATER) Group is part of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), based at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The WATER Group are world leaders in research on marine wildlife in tidally energetic areas, with a focus on interactions with tidal turbines. Through a combination of passive acoustics, active sonar, and telemetry tags, the group aim to describe and measure animal movements in the area, to aid in developing collision risk models and informing mitigation. Explore the website to find out more about our team, current projects and technologies.

Deploying acoustic equipment at sea

Team members Katie and Jess working in the field

Working off the SMRU boat, Swordsman

Acoustic recorders drifting in the tidal flow

The turbine installed at the MeyGen site, BBC

Doug with the HiCUP platform prior to deployment, BBC

A seal as seen on the sonar image, BBC