The Marine Ecosystem Models considered within MEECE are built on a diversity of approaches and programming languages to answer specific scientific questions covering the major trophic components of the marine ecosystem, from phytoplankton to exploitable fish resources. Each modelling tool is designed, programmed and optimised with a particular problem in mind, often focussing on particular part of the ecosystem. The resulting landscape of marine ecosystem models is thus complex and diverse. This diversity poses distinct challenges for the application and comparison of models, and for the assessment of the results across research teams and ecosystems, limiting the ability of environmental managers, policy makers and other stakeholders to make sound decisions.
The MEECE Model Library provides in a 'stand alone' state with all necessary documentation,
technical guides and metadata so that any competent programer unfamiliar with model, can perform integrated end-2-end numerical
experiments necessary to assess how ecosystems are impacted by global change via drivers such as ocean circulation, ocean climate,
ocean acidification, pollution, over fishing and invasive species.
The capabilities of the modelling tools in the Model Library are mapped onto the EU's
Marine Strategy Framework Directive's
descriptors for Good Environmental Status. Users can search for a modelling tool addressing specific descriptors
in a geographic region of interest (below), or browse the technical content of the library (table at bottom of page).
Scientific Support to the European Commission on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Management Group Report