A lot of the knowledge we have about the Baltic Sea is linked to the Askö Laboratory in some way. Scientists from the whole world have studied the environment here, and it is also the place where substantial parts of the Swedish marine monitoring programmes were developed. For the past 50 years the bays around the field station have taught thousands of students field-research and knowledge about the Baltic Sea environment.
Still, knowledge of life beneath the surface is almost unknown compared to what we know about terrestrial environments. At our field station researchers with widely different goals gather. Many are working to improve our basic understanding of the ecology of marine habitats. Others work to specifically detect the effects of different types of human disturbances on species and ecosystems. All with the mission to fill the research gaps!