Integrating Macroecology and Modelling to Elucidate Regulation of Services from Ecosystems
The Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) addresses key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data and targeted new data, the programme scientists integrate these data with current models and knowledge of ecosystem services within a common framework, in order to improve our understanding of the whole UK marine ecosystem.
The programme facilitates the development of a more accurate suite of marine ecosystem models and provides vital evidence, tools and advice to policymakers and environmental managers, including the development and implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Marine and Coastal Access Act, Marine (Scotland) Act, Common Fisheries Policy and the OSPAR Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme.
Module 1: Marine ecosystem data toolbox and application of maroecology
Module 2: Fieldwork to measure poorly known processes
Module 3: Ecological processes and their representation in models
Module 4: Simulating and prediction ecosystem changes using a model ensemble
Module 5: Linking macroecology and models to ecosystem services
Module 6: Developing a model-based understanding of ecosystem service regulation
Module 7: Understanding trade-offs to maximise the benefits from living marine natural capital
Module 8: Cumulative impacts and the management of marine ecosystems
Role of SAMS
Lead Module 2: Professor Michael Burrows
Lead WP 2 on socio-economic studies: Dr Jasper Kenter