Policy & advice


The research carried out by our scientists is highly relevant to government, policy makers and environmental managers internationally and nationally.

We provide advice to these stakeholders, enabling them to make decisions, based on sound scientific evidence, on the most pressing issues facing the marine environment and society. We also provide evidence and input into parliamentary inquiries and other consultations. 


Players on a global stage

Since 2009 we have had a presence at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Conference of the Parties, working in partnership with other institutions from around the globe, to raise awareness of some of the pressures facing the ocean and the importance of the ocean in relation to climate change.  Our scientists have also contributed to various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the UK and European Union many of our Projects are helping to inform policy makers in implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).  The MSFD aims to achieve good environmental status of the EU's marine waters by 2020 and to protect the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.

Many of our scientists are invited members of influential, international and national bodies, some examples of which are given below:



  • Department of Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (Defra) Science Advisory Group
  • Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Advisory Council
  • Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)
  • National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) Board
  • Research Councils UK Energy Programme Advisory Board
  • UK Biodiversity Science Committee
  • UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre Co-ordination Group
  • UK Ocean Processes Evidence Group (OPEG)

Please also visit our People to find out more about our scientists’ activities.

Inquiries & Consultations

Parliamentary inquiries and consultations, to which we have contributed through the Research Councils UK, or in our right, include:

Energy and Climate Change Committee
  • Carbon Capture & Storage
  • Marine and offshore energy
  • Fuelling the debate: UK energy - successes & future challenges

Environmental Audit Committee  
  • Plastic bags
  • Marine protected areas - oral evidence given
  • Environmental impact of microplastics

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
  • Food security

European Union
  • Seabed Mining
  • Arctic funding

Health Select Committee
  • Public Health England

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee
  • Ocean acidification
  • Water quality
  • European & UK space agencies
  • Public understanding of climate change
  • Women in science

House of Lords Science & Technology Committee
  • Waste opportunities: stimulating a bioeconomy
  • EU regional marine co-operation - oral evidence given

Marine Management Organisation
  • Social impacts of fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, tourism and marine protected areas in marine plan areas in England
  • South Plan Analytical Report (SPAR) marine planning (ecosystem services)

Royal Society
  • Remote sensing/Earth observation - understanding