Key Customer Purpose - Why is the R&D needed?
long term data on the marine environment are limited, however this data a necessity to meet forthcoming requirements such as the Marine Bill, the EU Marine Strategy and the Water Framework Directive.
The data provided by the Marine Environmental Change Network in 2007-2009 will feed into the following Defra commitments: Marine Bill, Water Framework Directive, Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership, UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy UKMMAS, EU Marine Strategy, Charting Progress 2, Natural Environment Strategy
The aim of the MECN is to coordinate and sustain a network of long term datasets. It provides a gateway for contributors to access processed data from various organisations that under normal circumstances would not be available without considerable expense.
The project aims to; promote and expand the Marine Environmental Change Network, seek funding avenues for new measurements, expand and develop the MECN website and database. The project will also coordinate monitoring undertaken by MECN partners.