Assessments supporting evidence to implement policy
The use of multi-platform data is required to feed into scientific evidence to assess the states of the seas. These assessments address challenging questions on climate change and sustainability, support national and international decision and policy making, and informing society.
Cefas made significant contributions to environmental assessment of North East Atlantic Ocean, and the Oslo and Paris Convention for the protection and conservation of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR), enabling the conservation of the international marine environment providing important evidence base for governments and policy makers across OSPAR countries. In the UK, Cefas has led the development and application of ecosystem indicators and provide supporting evidence on the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) that requires EU Member States to take the necessary measures to achieve a good marine environmental status by 2020.
We implement best practice on data science, statistics, programming and applied technology to support scientific evidence and develop tools to share these. Cefas are developing CefMAT, a marine assessment webtool to support MSFD and OSPAR indicators assessment.
We are working with satellite and modelling data products to address spatial and temporal limitations of marine in-situ data informing marine assessments and evidence. CefMAT uses multi-platform data, including satellite and modelling data from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Services (CMEMS) to offer customised data products to support assessments in relation to hydrographical conditions, water quality and eutrophication, Biodiversity and Marine food webs.