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MERP Stakeholder Symposium

25th April 2018

The Royal Society, London

This meeting focused on 4 key themes, which included short presentations followed by panel discussion sessions:

More understanding – The MERP approach to generating scientific evidence from knowledge, data and tools. 

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Fishing and marine ecosystems – Addressing the different facets of fishing in the marine ecosystem using the MERP approach for evidence generation

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Marine top predators, people and policy – Generating evidence for assessing the status of, and risks to, marine ecosystems

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MERP, marine space and management – Using information of what is where, when and why to support evidence-based decision-making. 

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MERP Science Meeting 2018

26th April 2018

The Royal Society, London

Scientists from the Marine Ecosystems Research Programme presented highlights of their work over the past four years.

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Please note some elements in the presentations may be redacted for image copyright reasons.

Introduction presentation - Paul Somerfield


1. Linking data, models and ecosystem services

2. Modelling and the social dimension

3. Managing multiple stressors


4. Modelling the marine ecosystem

5. Functional biodiversity

6.Top-down and bottom-up effects

7. Food-webs

  • Blue carbon in deep coastal waters: the role and fate of seaweed detritus - Ana Queiros
  • Kelp: Contribution to coastal foodwebs - Mike Burrows
  • Comparing and contrasting the food webs of NW European fishing regions using the StrathE2E model - Mike Heath

8. Higher trophic levels


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Book of Abstracts

Previous meetings

Cardigan Bay Stakeholder Workshop

Workshop Date of event: 13 April 2018 - 13 April 2018 Cardigan Bay

MERP Annual Science Meeting Summary

Project Meeting Date of event: 10 October 2017 - 12 October 2017

Location: Rutland Hotel, Sheffield, UK

MERP / Defra Briefing 2017

Workshop Date of event: 27 September 2017
(one day event)

MERP PIs met with Defra to discuss how MERP can contribute and provide useful impact to the policy process.

MERP/Scotland Policy Briefing

Date of event: 24 March 2017
(one day event)
Victoria Quay, Edinburgh

MERP / Natural Resources Wales briefing

Event Date of event: 01 December 2016
(one day event)

The purpose of this briefing was to discuss MERP research activities with policy customers at Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government and highlight some examples of existing and planned policy-relevant MERP outputs. 

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Past Meeting Reports

  • Cardigan Bay Stakeholder Workshop
    Date of meeting: 13 April 2018
  • MERP Annual Science Meeting Summary
    Date of meeting: 10 October 2017
  • MERP / Defra Briefing 2017
    Date of meeting: 27 September 2017
  • MERP/Scotland Policy Briefing
    Date of meeting: 24 March 2017
  • MERP / Natural Resources Wales briefing
    Date of meeting: 01 December 2016
  • MERP Annual Science Meeting 2016
    Date of meeting: 04 October 2016
  • Module 3/4 mini workshop report
    Date of meeting: 02 March 2016
  • Model/Empiricist Integration workshop
    Date of meeting: 01 March 2016
  • MERP / Defra Briefing 2016
    Date of meeting: 23 February 2016
  • MERP Integration Workshop Manchester
    Date of meeting: 17 November 2015
  • MERP Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 2015
    Date of meeting: 16 November 2015
  • Marine Management Organisation and MERP Meeting
    Date of meeting: 04 November 2015
  • MERP Ecosystem Services Workshop
    Date of meeting: 20 May 2015
  • Data toolbox workshop - Led by Module 1
    Date of meeting: 09 September 2014
  • Kick-off meeting 4th June 2014
    Date of meeting: 04 June 2014