Rapid Environmental Assessments

REAs show how the regional model systems enhanced during OPEC can be used to provide estimates of recent dynamic and current conditions of selected indicators of ecosystem state.

In order to be confident in the results produced the models used in OPEC went through a rigorous model skill assessment process, the detailed results of which can be seen here.

Current marine monitoring systems provide limited coverage in space and time of ecosystem properties.
Rapid Environmental Assessments are intended to support policy and environmental management decision making and other downstream services.

REA for regional seas studies during OPEC are freely available to download from the Marine OPEC Data Portal, where they have been blended with 20 year hindcasts to provide a picture of the state of European regional seas from 1990 to present day.

Key indicators for which REAs are available include:

  • Temperature
  • Salinity
  • Phosphate
  • Nitrate
  • Silicate
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phytoplankton
  • Zooplankton
  • Fish biomass
  • And many moreā€¦..