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Oceanographic Instrumentation: Measurement, Process & Analysis
A program to help understand how offshore platforms and structures impact
North Sea marine life – and therefore make more informed decisions on what to do with them at the end of their useful life – is hopping to address some of the questions.
The Insite Program (standing for IN- ? uence of man-made Structures In The
Ecosystem) initially ran from 2015- 2017. Now, a second, ? ve-year-long
Simulations run by the IN- phase has started, thanks to some £7.6
SITE Phase 1 project “AN- million funding; £5 million from the
Chor” show the oceanic
UK’s Natural Environment Research pathways that protected
Council, £2 million from the offshore in- corals of Lophelia pertusa dustry and £600,000 from the Centre for from the Thistle A and the
Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (now derogated) Murchi-
Science. son platforms may follow,
Richard Heard, Insite Program direc- including some of which tor, told the Offshore Decommissioning end up settling in Norway’s
Conference in St Andrews, late 2018:
Aktivneset marine protect- “This is about providing science for ed area. Image from the all stakeholders to try and understand
INSITE Phase 1 ANChor what’s going on in the eco-system, so project.
that we are informed and can make bet-
Decommissioned structures in the North Sea reveal dense coverage of the protected species of stony coral Lophelia pertusa.
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