About the project
What is MEECE?
MEECE is a European FP7 Integrated Project which has increased ecosystem modelling predictive capacities.
Furthering knowledge of marine ecosystem processes is vital to improving marine management.
MEECE project has gathered experts in the field to develop and create model based tools to support understanding of the current state, and likely future evolution, of European marine ecosystems.
The policy driver for this work is the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) (MSFD) which requires member states to develop strategies to achieve a healthy marine environment and make ecosystems more resilient to climate change in all European marine waters by 2020 at the latest. The strategies must contain a detailed assessment of the state of the environment, a definition of "good environmental status" at regional level and the establishment of clear environmental targets and monitoring programmes.
A key goal of MEECE is to provide input to the development of innovative tools for assessing Good Environmental Status and to facilitate understanding of the implications and in turn inform strategies for dealing with the effects of change.
Following a logical process starting with targeted data synthesis, experimentation and ecosystem model development, project scientists used advanced ecosystem models forced by a range of scenarios to address the full set of drivers. Information derived from models was then fed into a suite of decision making tools in support of policy and management of the marine environment.
Work packagesFull details on project work packages and deliverables available here
Project full title: Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment
Contract number: 212085
Project coordination: PML, UK
Project start: September 2008
Project end: September 2012
Project duration: 48 months
Project Extension: MEECE was extended and now runs for 54 months ending February 2013
Coordination and ManagmentMEECE is coordinated from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a dynamic, innovative, independent and impartial provider of scientific research and advice on the marine environment. PML is an integral part of the UK’s strategic marine science & technology capability, undertaking research and providing advice to Governments, European Union and international regulatory bodies on issues ranging from the ecosystem approach for management of the environment to ocean acidification and climate change.