Title: JRC Marine Modelling Framework in support of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Inventory of models, basin configurations and datasets
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC100843
ISBN: 978-92-79-57963-9
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 27885
OP LB-NA-27885-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC100843
DOI: 10.2788/607272
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) foresees that all EU Member States take the necessary measures to maintain or progressively achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in the marine environment by year 2020. In recent years, the JRC has delivered to the Commission scientific and technical support to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The Administrative Arrangement N° ENV.C.2/2015/070201/705766, signed between Directorate General for Environment (ENV) and Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Environment an Sustainability (IES, Unit H01), has a purpose the provision of support to further implementation of the MSFD. In this context, the JRC IES Water Resources Unit has established a MSFD Competence Centre (MCC, http://mcc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) to assist Member States (MSs) in the implementation of the MSFD. The MCC acts as a single entry point for policy-review activities, including the current review of the criteria and methodological standards for Good Environmental Status, which are the key to achieving the MSFD goals. The MCC also includes the marine Modelling Framework (or toolbox) for the assessment of MSFD descriptors, with the aim providing independent and evidence-based support in the assessment of the status of implementation throughout the whole policy cycle of the MSFD. Within the MCC, the models in the marine Modelling Framework constitute a powerful tool for a number of purposes related with the implementation of the MSFD. MCC Marine models, both hydrodynamic and biogeochemical, can provide the numerical tools, for example, to determine baseline conditions from the past, to estimate the future impact of pressures on the marine environment, and complement spatially and temporally the scarcity in sampling of some marine-related datasets relevant for the assessment of the MSFD descriptors, as well as the effectiveness of the programs of measures put in place by MSs. This report constitutes Deliverable 2.1 of the Administrative Arrangement N° ENV C.2/2015/070201/705766 between DG Environment and DG JRC IES Water Resources Unit. It includes an inventory of models, basin configurations, atmospheric and nutrient forcing scenarios and run results within the MCC Modelling Framework.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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