About Charting Progress 2

About Charting Progress 2
Charting Progress 2 presents an updated and improved assessment of the status of the UK marine environment. The report is based on a robust, peer-reviewed evidence base and describes progress made since the first Charting Progress report, published in 2005. It is a source of the key findings from UK marine research and monitoring and is intended to be used in policy-making to help protect our oceans and seas as we move toward the goal of clean, safe, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

Through a combination of increased general awareness and developing national and international regulation, there has been a large drive in recent years to improve our understanding of the marine environment and also to take action to manage the seas and oceans more sustainably. Charting Progress 2 provides a solid foundation for policy-makers to make the strategic and far reaching decisions needed to meet our legislative obligations and protect our marine resources. For the first time, the report also provides a socio-economic analysis of our use of the seas, and summarises the detailed impacts of climate change on the marine environment.

The assessments in this report are the result of a three step process.

Step 1: Each of the evidence groups set up under the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessments Strategy (UKMMAS) carried out a detailed assessment of progress towards the vision, which they set out in a comprehensive and fully-referenced technical report known as a ‘Feeder Report’. The assessments draw on monitoring data collected by marine institutes and agencies across the UK, other relevant information and research undertaken at research institutes and universities.

The Ocean Processes Feeder Report provides evidence covering the state of the ocean processes through components such as circulation, weather and climate, waves, temperature, salinity, carbon (including acidification), sea level, turbidity and sedimentary processes.

The Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Feeder Report provides evidence on cetaceans, marine and estuarine fish, marine habitats, microbes, plankton, seabirds and waterbirds, seals and turtles.

The Clean and Safe Seas Feeder Report provides evidence on hazardous substances, radioactivity, eutrophication, oil and chemical spills, marine litter, underwater noise, microbiological contamination and algal toxins.

The Productive Seas Feeder Report provides evidence on the use of the marine environment and identifies both the socio economic value and resulting pressures of these activities on the environment.

Step 2: Each of the Feeder Reports was peer-reviewed by independent UK and international experts outside Government and revised following the comments received. A stakeholder workshop was held to present and discuss the findings of the Feeder Reports with industry representatives and environmental non-governmental organisations and to consider any additional information.

Step 3:Charting Progress 2 is a summary document which draws on the detailed evidence and conclusions from the Feeder Reports. It examines all the evidence together with a summary on the impact of climate change, and provides an assessment of the overall status of the UK’s seas.