Environmental contaminants

Our research about environmental contaminants

All our environmental pollution by contaminants reaches the sea at one point or the other. Today we consider this as a problem, since we know they can harm the marine environment and the ecosystem services it provides. The Baltic Sea is particularly sensitive to pollution since the area is enclosed and lack mixing which prevents dilution. That is why the Baltic Sea is considered one of the most polluted areas in the world.

At the Baltic Sea Centre we calculate the distribution patterns of toxins in a model, gather knowledge on the effects of pollution on the ecosystem and try to map sources of microplastics.

Below is a list of projects.

Films, reports and news on environmental contaminants can be found here!

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Det är många faktorer som är med i modellen BALSEM-POP

BALTSEM-POP

The largely recognized BALTSEM model is used to assess nutrient/carbon cycles and eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. It has, within this project, been expanded to also include organic contaminant environmental transport and fate.

Mikroplast i hygienartiklar

Microplastics

Except from pollution by organic substances and heavy metals, there is one more source of pollution that probably is underestimated; anthropogenic particles. Baltic Eye is focusing on this, by for example establishing a Baltic Sea network to solve the problems related to pollution by microplastics.