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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||22 Nov 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|