Rigs-to-reefs ecology: Offshore oil and gas platforms as novel ecosystems

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Abstract

There are thousands of offshore oil and gas platforms around the world facing decommissioning. Offshore platforms function as artificial reefs and may create novel ecosystems. Their removal leads to loss of biodiversity value, however alternatives exist for in situ decommissioning. I developed and tested criteria for classifying offshore platforms as novel ecosystems using the Wandoo platform in Northwest Australia as a case study. Wandoo meets the novel ecosystem criteria as the associated marine communities are distinct from those at nearby natural habitats. This research provides evidence that Wandoo should be left in place post-decommissioning to maintain its ecological value.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Meeuwig, Jessica, Supervisor
  • Hobbs, Richard, Supervisor
  • Hemmi, Jan, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date22 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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