In September 2008 the MEECE (Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment) project was launched. MEECE is a European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project including 21 partners from Universities, Marine Institutes and small private companies across Europe. MEECE will investigate the sensitivities and potential responses of marine ecosystems to both climatic change and the direct effects of human activity. By investigating the key drivers of change set by the European Union’s marine strategy (changes in temperature, ocean circulation, stratification and acidification, consequences of pollution, overfishing, invasive species and eutrophication) the project aims to gain a better understanding of the direct and interactive effects of these factors on marine ecosystems.

The focus of the research will be on the most important components of both the planktonic and benthic European marine ecosystems. Information and data gathered in the early stages of the project will then be used to develop innovative and predictive management tools and strategies to help policymakers and society adapt to the changing marine environment over the coming decades. The project is coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK and will run from 2008-2012.

The specific goals of MEECE are:

* To improve the knowledge base on marine ecosystems and their response to climate and anthropogenic driving forces.

* To develop innovative predictive management tools and strategies to resolve the dynamic interactions of global change drivers, i.e. changes in ocean circulation, climate, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing and alien invasive species, on the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems.

For further details about MEECE download the project Fact Sheet or see main website

MEECE Project Office
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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.