THE INSITE PROGRAMME
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:
- 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
- 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.
The INSITE Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) have awarded eight two-year research grants (2015 to 2017) following the successful presentation of full research proposals. See ‘Research Projects’ for details.