The focus of the research will be on the most important components of both the planktonic and benthic marine ecosystems. MEECE is the first project to attempt to use predictive models that consider the full range of drivers to elucidate the responses of the marine ecosystem in a holistic manner, rather than driver by driver as has been done in the past. MEECE explores multiple driver impacts on ... complex environments through numerical simulation models which include dynamic feedbacks.
The project follows a logical process starting with targeted data synthesis, experimentation, model parameterisation and development, followed by model exploration through a range of scenarios addressing the full set of drivers. This innovative approach will help scientists and decision makers to respond to the multiple driver impacts with appropriate, knowledge-based, management applications. Outputs from these experiments and model simulations are being used to devise decision support tools and develop management strategies.