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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) / Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - funded Marine Ecosystems Research Programme set out to integrate existing marine data and target new data with current models and knowledge of marine ecosystem services, in order to improve our understanding of the whole UK marine ecosystem.

The 5 year, £5 million programme has brought together more than 50 scientists from 12 research institutes and a large number of supporting organizations that have made data and expertise available to achieve MERP’s aim.
How the programme answers key policy questions

Research outcomes

Addressing policy questions

Use our interactive tool to find out how MERP fits with key policy questions.

Policy question interactive

Interactive modelling guide

Explore MERP models and food-web categories that are their inputs and outputs.

Interactive Model Guide
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A selection of resources including: Downloads, Videos, News and Newsletters are available.
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Final programme meetings take place on the 25th & 26th April 2018

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104 publications have currently been produced as part of the MERP programme.