The overall aim of the INSITE Programme is:

“To provide 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 primary objectives of the study are 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.

Please refer to the INSITE Programme - Scope Framework (available for download).