A report has been submitted to the EU on interaction between GES indicators based on StrathE2E. EU has accepted the functional group aggregations in StrathE2E as an operational basis for assessing food web GES.
Development and testing of Typical Length as an indicator for fish community status continues: adopted by OSPAR as main indicator to asses fish diversity; IPBES planning to use this indicator in assessment of “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Europe and Central Asia”.
Rationale developed for choosing indicators and their target ranges for assessing GES.
Quantitative predictions of the time it will take for GES indictors used to assess the descriptors to recover from fishing pressure, these include assessments of uncertainty resulting from model choice.
Trait values added to L4 plankton series allowing it to be used for OSPAR 2017 Intermediate Assessment for one of three pelagic indicators, namely PH1: planktonic lifeforms. The only UK time series available for use in this assessment it was a case study in two OSPAR reports developing indicators of GES.
The potential of using cetacean and seabird long-term survey data sets for trend analysis in relation to Descriptor 1 (Biodiversity), is being investigated. Also contributing to the OSPAR Common Indicator guidelines for abundance of regularly occurring cetaceans.