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dc.contributor.authorMcLean, Dianne L.
dc.contributor.authorFerreira, Luciana C.
dc.contributor.authorBenthuysen, Jessica A.
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Karen J.
dc.contributor.authorSchlappy, Marie-Lise
dc.contributor.authorAjemian, Matthew J.
dc.contributor.authorBerry, Oliver
dc.contributor.authorBirchenough, Silvana N. R.
dc.contributor.authorBond, Todd
dc.contributor.authorBoschetti, Fabio
dc.contributor.authorBull, Ann S.
dc.contributor.authorClaisse, Jeremy T.
dc.contributor.authorCondie, Scott A.
dc.contributor.authorConsoli, Pierpaolo
dc.contributor.authorCoolen, Joop W. P.
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Michael
dc.contributor.authorFortune, Irene S.
dc.contributor.authorFowler, Ashley M.
dc.contributor.authorGillanders, Bronwyn M.
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, Hugo B.
dc.contributor.authorHart, Kristen M.
dc.contributor.authorHenry, Lea-Anne
dc.contributor.authorHewitt, Chad L.
dc.contributor.authorHicks, Natalie
dc.contributor.authorHock, Karlo
dc.contributor.authorHyder, Kieran
dc.contributor.authorLove, Milton
dc.contributor.authorMacreadie, Peter I.
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorMontevecchi, William A.
dc.contributor.authorNishimoto, Mary M.
dc.contributor.authorPage, Henry M.
dc.contributor.authorPaterson, David M.
dc.contributor.authorPattiaratchi, Charitha B.
dc.contributor.authorPecl, Gretta T.
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Joanne S.
dc.contributor.authorReeves, David B.
dc.contributor.authorRiginos, Cynthia
dc.contributor.authorRouse, Sally
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Debbie J. F.
dc.contributor.authorSherman, Craig D. H.
dc.contributor.authorTeilmann, Jonas
dc.contributor.authorTodd, Victoria L. G.
dc.contributor.authorTreml, Eric A.
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, David H.
dc.contributor.authorThums, Michele
dc.identifier.citationMcLean , D L , Ferreira , L C , Benthuysen , J A , Miller , K J , Schlappy , M-L , Ajemian , M J , Berry , O , Birchenough , S N R , Bond , T , Boschetti , F , Bull , A S , Claisse , J T , Condie , S A , Consoli , P , Coolen , J W P , Elliott , M , Fortune , I S , Fowler , A M , Gillanders , B M , Harrison , H B , Hart , K M , Henry , L-A , Hewitt , C L , Hicks , N , Hock , K , Hyder , K , Love , M , Macreadie , P I , Miller , R J , Montevecchi , W A , Nishimoto , M M , Page , H M , Paterson , D M , Pattiaratchi , C B , Pecl , G T , Porter , J S , Reeves , D B , Riginos , C , Rouse , S , Russell , D J F , Sherman , C D H , Teilmann , J , Todd , V L G , Treml , E A , Williamson , D H & Thums , M 2022 , ' Influence of offshore oil and gas structures on seascape ecological connectivity ' , Global Change Biology , vol. 28 , no. 11 , pp. 3515-3536 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 278318035
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: e0e8ff1f-856d-447c-b9b9-479b91f20a90
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:2355424F1E1D1012CECAAF23962C7F1E
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-1969-102X/work/110131403
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85124762689
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000769411800001
dc.descriptionThis research was supported by the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI Australia). We acknowledge the time contribution of all co-authors and additionally via research undertaken through the UKRI INSITE Programme including projects ANChor, CHASANS (NE/T010886/1), EcoConnect, EcoSTAR (NE/T010614/1), FuECoMMS (NE/T010800/1), MAPS, NSERC. DMP was supported through The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) funded by the Scottish Funding Council and contributing institutions. SNRB and KH (Cefas) were funded by Cefas and the UK INSITE North Sea programme.en
dc.description.abstractOffshore platforms, subsea pipelines, wells and related fixed structures supporting the oil and gas (O&G) industry are prevalent in oceans across the globe, with many approaching the end of their operational life and requiring decommissioning. Although structures can possess high ecological diversity and productivity, information on how they interact with broader ecological processes remains unclear. Here, we review the current state of knowledge on the role of O&G infrastructure in maintaining, altering or enhancing ecological connectivity with natural marine habitats. There is a paucity of studies on the subject with only 33 papers specifically targeting connectivity and O&G structures, although other studies provide important related information. Evidence for O&G structures facilitating vertical and horizontal seascape connectivity exists for larvae and mobile adult invertebrates, fish and megafauna; including threatened and commercially important species. The degree to which these structures represent a beneficial or detrimental net impact remains unclear, is complex and ultimately needs more research to determine the extent to which natural connectivity networks are conserved, enhanced or disrupted. We discuss the potential impacts of different decommissioning approaches on seascape connectivity and identify, through expert elicitation, critical knowledge gaps that, if addressed, may further inform decision making for the life cycle of O&G infrastructure, with relevance for other industries (e.g. renewables). The most highly ranked critical knowledge gap was a need to understand how O&G structures modify and influence the movement patterns of mobile species and dispersal stages of sessile marine species. Understanding how different decommissioning options affect species survival and movement was also highly ranked, as was understanding the extent to which O&G structures contribute to extending species distributions by providing rest stops, foraging habitat, and stepping stones. These questions could be addressed with further dedicated studies of animal movement in relation to structures using telemetry, molecular techniques and movement models. Our review and these priority questions provide a roadmap for advancing research needed to support evidence-based decision making for decommissioning O&G infrastructure.
dc.relation.ispartofGlobal Change Biologyen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 Crown copyright and Commonwealth of Australia. This article is published with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland. This article has been contributed to by U.S. Government employees and their work is in the public domain in the USA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.en
dc.subjectEcosystem functionen
dc.subjectInvasive speciesen
dc.subjectLarval dispersalen
dc.subjectMarine megafaunaen
dc.subjectParticle trackingen
dc.subjectSubsea infrastructureen
dc.subjectGC Oceanographyen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectSDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energyen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.titleInfluence of offshore oil and gas structures on seascape ecological connectivityen
dc.typeJournal itemen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Coastal Resources Management Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Sediment Ecology Research Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Energy Ethicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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