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The evaluation of time series: Their scientific value and contribution to policy needs

Location: Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill, Plymo
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2005-12-01    
End Date: 2005-12-02

Event Description:
A Workshop organised by the Marine Environmental Change Network in liaison with the Marine Biological Association of the UK, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

The workshop is also being run as a joint activity with the Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence (MarBEF).

The Defra funded Marine Environmental Change Network has held a workshop annually since its establishment in 2002. These workshops have been instrumental in bringing together all the organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland responsible for maintaining long-term time series on the marine ecosystems around the British Isles.

A key aim of the workshop this year will be to inform NERC’s next cycle of funding (from 2007 onwards) by enabling them to assess the scientific value and ‘fit for policy’ of key long term marine time series. It will also inform other funders of sustained observations including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Environment Agency (EA), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland (DANI), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), English Nature (EN), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Each organisation responsible for maintaining time series will, therefore, give a brief presentation outlining the scientific value of the particular time series. Each talk will include the history of the time series, methodology, parameters measured, how it has contributed to specific research up to the present time and how data from the time series could be used in the future for policy end-users.

Another key issue is how the MECN network of partners maintaining UK time series can be integrated with the work being done at a European level by Marbef (mainly under the LargeNet project).

An expert panel will then be invited to provide feedback on the scientific value and ‘fit for policy’ of the various time series, particularly those by NERC funded laboratories.

General updates regarding the progress and future programme for the MECN will also be given at the workshop.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Draft Programme:

Thursday 1st December

11.00: Coffee & arrival
11.30: Introduction and welcoming comments
11.40 – 13.30: First presentations on time series (20 minute slots)
13.30 – 14.15: Buffet lunch & posters.
14.15 – 18.30: Time-series presentations continued (with break for tea and posters at 15.30-16.30)
Evening: Workshop Dinner at Citadel Hill (1930 for 2000 start).

Friday 2nd December

Parallel sessions:

09.00: (a) Informal meeting of MECN including update presentation and organisation of next stage.
(b) Panel meeting plus draft reporting.
12.00: Feedback (preliminary comments) from panel.
12.30: closing comments
12.40: Finish - Buffet lunch and departure.

Collaborators and organisers:
The Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN) is a collaboration between organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland collecting long-term time series information for marine waters.

Dr Matthew Frost
Tthe Marine Environmental Change Network coordinator
Marine Biological Association of the UK,
The Laboratory
Citadel Hill
Plymouth PL1 2PB
Tel: 01752 633242 E-mail:

Website url:

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP3 - Global Patterns

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by WardAppeltans on 2005-11-14 and approved by webmaster