A key factor in the success of MCCIP is the role, standing and commitment of both the Steering Group and the Working Groups, and the Expert Advisory Panel, which together will ensure that MCCIP achieves its overall aim.
The primary purpose of the Steering Group (SG) is to deliver the MCCIP aim and objectives. A smaller Management Group oversees the operational delivery, evaluation, and manages finances for the work programme.
In addition to the steering group, there are two working groups:
Annual Report Card Working Group (ARCWG): This group oversees the operational delivery of the main MCCIP scientific products, notably the annual report cards and special topic reports.
Climate Smart Working Group (CSWG): This working group engages with marine user communities and oversees the climate adaptation deliverables (sector reports or similar related products).
In addition, the Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) review the scientific content of MCCIP outputs, enabling MCCIP to maintain science quality as its foundation for relevance and credibility. The expert base required will need to be fluid to ensure that the best people are approached to quality assure both new (climate smart) and evolving (annual and special report card) products. The chair of the EAP will report back to the SG on its activities and request inputs from the SG members as appropriate.
MCCIP is supported by a secretariat, based at Cefas, which acts as a central source of information and focal point. The MCCIP Secretariat are responsible for the daily running of MCCIP, gathering information and producing a clear overview of effort and outcomes.