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Survey Themes

Offshore industries are collecting large volumes of data to understand the physical, environmental and social characteristics in and around their offshore projects.

Reflecting the survey effort undertaken by industry, and The Crown Estate's offshore customers, the MDE consists of a variety of data types.

Each of the surveys and research reports that are held on the MDE have been tagged against a survey theme. There are 16 types of survey themes on the MDE and some surveys have multiple themes tagged to them if the survey work collected data across more than one theme.

Here you can explore each of these themes in a little more detail, including the size of data, temporal availability and the breakdown across project development phases.

Explore the MDE themes


Benthic Ecology


Coastal Processes

Engineering Design

Fish and Epifauna



Intertidal Ecology

Marine Mammals






Shipping and Navigation