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Diffendorfer, Jay; Vanderhoof, Melanie; and Ancona, Zach
Wind turbine wakes can impact down-wind vegetation greenness
Abstract—Global wind energy has expanded 5-fold since 2010 and is predicted to expand another 8–10-fold over the next 30 years. Wakes generated by wind turbines can alter downwind microclimates and potentially downwind vegetation. However, the design of past studies has made it difficult to isolate the impact of wake effects on vegetation from land cover change. We used hourly wind data to model wake and non-wake zones around 17 wind facilities across the U.S. and compared remotely-sensed vegetation greenness in . . . Complete article »

Erickson, Richard; Thogmartin, Wayne; Diffendorfer, Jay; Russell, Robin; Szymanski, Jennifer
Effects of wind energy generation and white-nose syndrome on the viability of the Indiana bat
ABSTRACT: Wind energy generation holds the potential to adversely affect wildlife populations. Species-wide effects are difficult to study and few, if any, studies examine effects of wind energy generation on any species across its entire range. One species that may be affected by wind energy generation is the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), which is found in the eastern and midwestern United States. In addition to mortality from wind energy generation, the species also faces range-wide threats from the emerging . . . Complete article »

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