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National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP) Assessment [MARP 18] - ME4106

Summary Objective.
The aims of the NMMP (NMMPWG, 2001) are:
• Detect long-term trends in physical, biological and chemical variables at selected estuarine and coastal sites.
• Report the spatial and temporal distributions of these variables and their inter relationships.
• Support and ensure consistent standards in national and international monitoring
programmes for marine environmental quality.
• Make recommendations to MEMG as to how new analyses and techniques are best
implemented in the United Kingdom.
• Co-ordinate, make optimum use of, and gain maximum information from marine monitoring in the United Kingdom.
• Provide and maintain a high quality dataset for key chemical and biological variables in the marine environment of the United Kingdom, which is available for national and international fora such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the European Environment Agency.

Key Customer Purpose.
The NMMP is designed to:
• Meet international marine monitoring requirements such as the Oslo and Paris Commission (OSPAR) Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) and Nutrients Monitoring Programme (NEUT).
• Collate relevant data gathered for EC Dangerous Substances Directive (76/464/EEC), Shellfish Waters Directive (79/923/EEC), Shellfish Hygiene Directive (91/492/EEC), Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) and Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC).
• Present national data of a consistent quality assured by rigorous Analytical Quality Control (AQC).

Project Documents
• Final Report : National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP) Assessment (1999-2001)   (3986k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2004

Cost: £15,800
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Marine Monitoring              
Water quality monitoring              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine