Marine Ecosystem Modelling

The Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC) and MASTS are working with ecosystem modellers across the UK to increase the impact of ecosystem models on policy development and management.

Ecosystem models are central to delivering marine ecosystem-based management as specified by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Common Fisheries  Policy. While the UK has leading capability in ecosystem modelling, this capability is widely dispersed across the community in different organisations using different types of ecosystem models for different purposes and is isolated from decision-makers.

MSCC and MASTS have brought together advisors, assessors, biologists, socio-economists, modellers, policy makers, and funders, to understand how to maximise the impact of UK ecosystem modelling. This involved building a shared understanding about ecosystem models, improving communication, and developing a roadmap for the future of UK ecosystem modelling.

How can ecosystem models be used to support marine management and policy? Find out more.

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This is being led by Dr Kieran Hyder at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and Prof David Paterson at the University of St Andrews

This work has received support from DEFRA (ME5428) and CEFAS (Seedcorn DP348).