Research at the Baltic Sea Centre

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Research at the Baltic Sea Centre

Our research is organized along four major themes: eutrophication, marine ecology and biodiversity, fish and fisheries and environmental contaminants. In general, we apply a regional earth system approach addressing the watersheds, airsheds and marine basins of the Baltic Sea to scale the effects of natural and human drivers on the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

Our researchers work with management and policy relevant issues, in close cooperation with a wide network of colleagues both in Sweden and internationally. Currently our researchers are involved in four EU projects, of which three are part of the BONUS programme. The continuous dialogue and close collaboration with authorities, organizations and policy makers at various levels, is highly prioritized.

A prominent example is our close collaboration with HELCOM where our researchers at the Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) contributed significantly to the Baltic Sea Action Plan. Our researchers in the Baltic Eye team collaborate closely with communicators to develop and disseminate knowledge and further promote scientifically based decisions aimed at improving the Baltic Sea environment.

Finally, our researchers are involved in basic research studies ranging from exploring the role of the coastal zone in the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to open sea filed studies addressing major biogeochemical cycles, food web issues, marine habitats and the fate of contaminants.

To promote basic marine research at the Stockholm University level we run the field station Askö Laboratory. Our new research vessel will be finished next year and the strategic partnership with the Tvärminne Zoological station (Helsinki University) constitutes an international research platform fostering international field campaigns. 

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Cyanobacterial bloom in the Baltic Sea July 11, 2005

Eutrophication

Research about nutrient enrichment is the area where we are particularly strong, both at a coastal scale and regarding the Baltic Sea as a whole.

Grund vik i Östersjön

Biotopes

Coastal ecosystems in the Baltic Sea, such as shallow bays, are important in many aspects. Our ecologists therefore focus on issues related to the sustainability and ecology of these environments.

fisk och fiske

Fish and fisheries

The ecosystem perspective is the main focus for our fish researchers. The results from their projects are expected to provide guidelines for a more sustainable fisheries management.

Mikroplaster i Östersjön

Environmental contaminants

Ecotoxicologists and contaminants experts at the Baltic Sea Centre conduct research to better understand the distribution patterns of toxins and their effects in the marine environment.

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Scientific leader at the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre