Operational Ecology Marine Ecosystem Forecasting (OPEC)

The aim of the OPEC project is to evaluate and develop ecosystem forecast tools. These tools will help to assess and manage the risks posed by human activities on the marine environment, thus improving the ability to predict the “health” of European marine ecosystems. Coastal seas provide many beneficial goods and services to humankind, such as fisheries and recreation; it is essential these marine environments are monitored to understand potential future disruption caused by climate change and human activities. The programme will focus on four European regional seas (North-East Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas).

OPEC will feed into several key policy areas, such as the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Common Fisheries Policy. Products and services generated by OPEC will provide information for environmental managers, policy makers and other related industries, laying the foundations for the next generation of operational ecological products and identification of knowledge gaps.

Co-ordinated by PML, OPEC will use the EU’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Marine Service as a framework and feed directly into the research and development of innovative global monitoring products or applications.

This project has been completed

Key information

Funder: European Commission (EC)

Project start date: January 2012

Project end date: December 2014

View the project website
Project logo

Share this page



Professor Icarus Allen
Chief Executive

Other participants

Dr Luca Polimene, Dr Momme Butenschon, Dr Stefano Ciavatta, Dr Susan Kay

Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) for European Regional Seas

This video provides an overview of the Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) project followed by a brief demonstration of the Marine OPEC Data Portal.

The OPEC project, funded by the European Commission and led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, has developed and...