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.

Dr Graham Shimmield

It is with great sadness that we must report that Dr Graham Shimmield, Chair of the INSITE Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), lost his battle with cancer on 24 December 2016. Graham took over as Chair from Professor Ian Boyd in August 2013 and oversaw the development of the scientific objectives of the Programme, which led to the first call for papers in July 2014 and the current programme of research. Graham’s understanding of the culture and needs of both the sponsors and the scientific community was vital in establishing a set of common goals upon which to build the unique INSITE governance model. The Programme would not be where it is today without Graham’s insight, energy and enthusiasm, which he gave generously, even throughout his illness. Everyone who knew Graham will miss him enormously both as a colleague and a friend and all those involved in the INSITE programme send their sympathies to his family and many friends.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is celebrating Graham’s life and dedicating its new student residence building in his honour on 12 May 2017.

Ceremony Information »