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.
Published INSITE research
Updated list of links to recent published research from the INSITE projects is available below.
INSITE Project Director Richard Heard presenting the case for INSITE Phase 2 at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2018
Richard Heard will be presenting an outline of the proposed second phase of INSITE research at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference
INSITE research published in ICES Journal of Marine Science
Publications from two of the INSITE research projects have featured in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.