We have to bring you the sad news that our long-term colleague and friend Professor Fredrik Wulff (1942-2016) passed away on May 20.
The new audit report on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region builds on research by key experts and institutions around the Baltic, including the Baltic Nest Institute.
Steve Lyon at BNI Sweden has been appointed Professor in Hydrology at the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University.
BNI researcher Jacob Carstensen is one of three finalists for the 2016 Baltic Sea Fund Prize, nominated for his importance acting as a bridge builder between environmantel sciences and management, and for improving the understanding of the marine ecosystem.
Summer season in the Baltic Sea starts earlier. The number of days with sea water warmer than 17°C have almost doubled over the past 30 years. The productive season has also been prolonged. These findings are based on satellite data and the results demonstrate how such indicators of seasonality can be used to detect long-term changes.
In spite of algal blooms and dead zones, the overall eutrophication in the Baltic Sea have actually decreased. According to a new study by Swedish, Danish and Finnish researchers, the improvement is the result of long-term measures to reduce nutrient inputs from land.
Wastewater treatment plants are important point sources of chemical pollution in coastal areas of the Baltic Sea. Persistent organic pollutants, nanoparticles and emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals are present in the effluents. A recently published study by Finnish, Swedish and French researchers has investigated the biological effects of these effluents on Baltic mussels.
Seabased measures is not an alternative to landbased measures in abating eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. Landbased measures will eventually lead to improvement, not only in the sea but also in lakes and rivers, and are necessary for a sustainable society, leading Baltic Sea researchers state.
Increasing atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide affects the sea and causes ocean acidification. But many other factors than atmospheric CO2 affect the partial pressure of CO2 in the Baltic Sea, shows a new study with the BALTSEM model.
Organic contaminants constitute one of many stressors that deteriorate the ecological status of the Baltic Sea. The novel modeling tool BALTSEM-POP for organic contaminants also includes other types of stressors and provides many important management applications.
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