Influence of man-made structures in the ecosystem


INSITE – INfluence of man-made Structures In the Ecosystem is a major industry-sponsored project with the overall aim of providing stakeholders with the independent scientific evidence-base needed to better understand the influence of man-made structures on the ecosystem of the North Sea. The initial phase, known as the Foundation Phase has secured research funding of £1.8M and is anticipated to have a duration of three years. Further phases will be developed based on the outcomes from the Foundation Phase.

The programme of research will be determined by the INSITE Independent Scientific Advisory Board, with primary objectives to help establish:

  1. The magnitude of the effects of man-made structures compared to the spatial and temporal variability of the North Sea ecosystem, considered on different time and space scales; and
  2. To what extent, if any, the man-made structures in the North Sea represent a large inter-connected hard substrate system.

Funding has been awarded based upon the excellence of the science and relevance of the proposals to the overall aim and primary objectives of the INSITE Programme.

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The first INSITE Science Day is being held between 9:30am and 4:30pm in the Great Hall at Imperial College on 1 December 2016. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the INSITE researchers to describe and discuss the progress of their projects with those interested in the Programme.

All stakeholders with an interest in increasing the understanding of the influence of man-made structures in the North Sea are welcome to attend.

We would be grateful if you would confirm your attendance by emailing, lunch will be provided.

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£1.8 million funding announced into north sea research