BED – Baltic Environmental Database – Baltic Nest InstituteBED – Baltic Environmental Database

History of the Baltic Environmental Database
The Baltic Environmental Database – BED – was initiated in 1990 as part of the research project ‘Large-scale Environmental Effects and Ecological Processes in the Baltic Sea’.
The work with gathering and structuring data in order to build the BED was implemented by the Marine Ecosystem Modelling Group at the Department of Systems Ecology at the Stockholm University (later becoming the core of the Baltic Nest Institute).
Aim and use of BED
The basic idea behind the Baltic Environmental Database has been to make available data sets on the conditions in the Baltic Sea and on forcing functions, and that the data can also be replicated and used by other research groups.
The aim is that data that are available for this ecosystem should be utilized efficiently so that budget and models of the physics and biogeochemical cycles of organic matter and nutrients can be developed, making it practical to perform calculations of total amounts of nutrients, nutrient budgets and trend analysis.
Presently, the database is placed at the Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) at the Stockholm University. The development and maintenance of BED is part of the BNI core activities funded by the Swedish Ministry of Environment . The database is under constant development and updating, and plays a central role for the BNI’s international research activities.
Access to BED
Tools for accessing BED via Internet, perform calculations and visualization of data have been developed, see further under DAS and Nest .