MCCIP provides a co-ordinating framework for the UK, delivering high quality evidence on marine climate change impacts, and guidance on adaptation advice, to policy advisors and decision-makers

Established in 2005, MCCIP is the primary independent source of marine climate change impacts evidence and adaptation advice in the UK and an exemplar model for scientific integrity, and stakeholder engagement.
MCCIP has engaged with hundreds of scientists to produce authoritative, state of the science, evidence reviews and summaries, directly supporting UK and devolved policy and evidence requirements. MCCIP goes beyond providing evidence, supporting conservation and industry bodies as they assess the range and scale of climate change risks they face, and response options required.

MCCIP partners steer the activities of MCCIP and oversee and receive input from a Management Group, and working groups for evidence, solutions, communications, and overseas. MCCIP is chaired by Dr. Matt Frost (Marine Biological Association), with Dr. Beth Stoker (JNCC) overseeing the provision of UK impacts evidence.

A dedicated secretariat, funded by UK and devolved government and their agencies, supports all groups, connecting them with 100s of scientists and practitioners to ensure MCCIP achieves its aims. 

As a mature partnership, MCCIP has established clear governance structures and guiding principles that ensures its integrity and independence as the leading provider of marine climate change evidence, and adaptation advice in the UK. 


The principal aims of the Phase IV MCCIP business plan (2020-2025) are to deliver:

1. Rolling updates of the evidence base 

The underlying, broad scale evidence that we previously updated every few years as full report cards, will now be revised on a rolling basis. Topic expert ‘hubs’, drawn from across the UK, will be established to support this more dynamic approach, providing topic updates as they happen. 

2. A more responsive approach to changing user needs

In addition to rolling updates of the evidence base, MCCIP will look to actively respond to specific issues as they arise, commissioning tailored outputs. This might be an in-depth special topic report, delivered by a dedicated working group, or a shorter piece of work (e.g. our new MCCIP ‘mini-briefings’ on important new science). 

3. A greater focus on adaptation and mitigation 

This will principally be achieved through the development of co-funded marine climate smart activities, building on previous collaborations with industry trade associations, and conservation bodies. 

4. Wider international engagement

MCCIP will build on its experience of delivering UK impacts and evidence advice, to engage with relevant international reporting mechanisms and activities, including UNFCCC COP and the UN decade of the Oceans. 

5. A more dynamic user interface

This will provide a more interactive user experience, drawing together the evidence base and making clear links to adaptation and mitigation responses. 

Governance structures

A key factor in the success of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) is the role, standing and commitment of the Steering Group, Management Group and Working Groups, which together ensure that MCCIP achieves its aims. A dedicated, funded secretariat engages with all groups, and is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the work programme. For more detail see MCCIP governance structures and guiding principles

Additionally, an overseas working group oversees the development of this new work area.