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Ecological role of offshore structures

Oil and gas installations, offshore windfarms and other artificial constructions may enhance marine ecosystems and have been proposed to help meet conservation targets. A study synthesizes existing literature to reveal global patterns in their ecological effectiveness.

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Fig. 1: The effects of different marine artificial structures on ecological metrics for sedimentary and reef habitats.


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Gates, A.R., Jones, D.O.B. Ecological role of offshore structures. Nat Sustain 7, 383–384 (2024).

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