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MERMAN

Jurassic Coastline, West Dorset
Jurassic Coastline, West Dorset ©

07 February 2007

BODC announce the launch of the web pages for the Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database (MERMAN).

MERMAN's purpose is to store data collected under the Clean Safe Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP) - formerly the National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP).

It is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Agriculture Northern Ireland (DARD), the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Scottish Executive Environmental and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).

Data on contaminants and biological effects are collected by different agencies, from approximately 80 monitoring stations around the UK. These are fed straight into one new online facility developed by IBM. This greatly simplifies the data management process.

BODC acts as the Data Manager for MERMAN. Our duties include

The data are also used in support of European Commission (EC) directives and national assessments.


Related BODC pages

More news and events   MERMAN at BODC      

Related external links

UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy at Defra    Scottish Executive Environmental and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)   International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Department of Agriculture Northern Ireland (DARD)    Oslo and Paris Commission (OSPAR)
Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)