RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Improving scientific knowledge across all aspects of the ecosystem

1,350+

offshore installations operational in the OSPAR maritime area

In May 2013 in response to this situation, Oil & Gas UK facilitated the creation of a scientifically-led, long-term environmental JIP aimed at improving scientific knowledge across all aspects of the ecosystem. In April 2014, eight energy company sponsors signed the JIP Agreement, marking the start of the programme. To demonstrate independence and transparency, the programme sponsors are committed to engage proactively with the broader stakeholder community of the North Sea and to make the findings available in the public domain.

Known as the ‘INSITE’ (INfluence of Structures In The Ecosystem), this JIP is a major initiative, which seeks to provide all stakeholders with the science needed to better understand the effect of man-made structures on the North Sea and hence better inform any decision making process.

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Featured Research Projects

INSITE Overall Synthesis Project 2021-2023

Principal Investigator:
TBC

Organisation:
Howell Marine

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Autonomous Techniques for anthropogenic Structure Ecological Assessment (ATSEA)

Principal Investigator:
Dr Daniel Jones

Organisation:
National Oceanography Centre

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Decommissioning - Relative Effects of Alternative Management Strategies (DREAMS)

Principal Investigator:
Dr Paul Somerfield, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Organisation:
Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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EcoSTAR: Ecosystem level importance of STructures as Artificial Reefs

Principal Investigator:
Dr Debbie Russell

Organisation:
University of St Andrews

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Aggregation, production and spillover: the cumulative effect of man-made offshore structures on fish

Principal Investigator:
Professor Paul Fernandes

Organisation:
University of Aberdeen

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Connectivity of Hard Substrate Assemblages in the North Sea (CHASANS)

Principal Investigator:
Dr Joanne Porter

Organisation:
Heriot Watt University

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Functionality and Ecological Connectivity of Man-Made Structures (FuECoMMS)

Principal Investigator:
Dr Natalie Hicks

Organisation:
University of Essex

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Application of novel 3D imaging techniques to quantify biomass associated with North Sea artificial structures (NS3D)

Principal Investigator:
Dr Thomas Wilding

Organisation:
Scottish Association for Marine Science

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The Influence of Man-made Structures in the North Sea (INSITE) Synthesis and Assessment of Phase 1 Prepared by the Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB)

Principal Investigator:
INSITE Independent Scientific Advisory Board

Organisation:
INSITE

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