BEAM research summaries 2013

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sediment traps, baltic sea

New estimates of the Baltic Sea biological pump

Blooms of phytoplankton in the Baltic Sea leads to sedimentation of organic material. This cycling of carbon, nutrients and pollutants have huge impact on the overall Baltic system. Researchers at Stockholm University are now investigating the extent of this vertical flux in order to improve Baltic Sea models and help the marine management.

Retention in South Baltic river basin district

Landscape-scale effect of wetlands in reducing nutrient loads to the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is heavily impacted by eutrophication due to excessive nitrogen and phosphorus loading from various anthropogenic sources. Protection, restoration and creation of wetlands are often proposed as a solution, but scientists at Stockholm University now warn that the effect of wetlands on nutrient retention is undetectable at landscape-scales.

Utsläpp, lagar, Östersjön

Aspects of law on ecosystem based management

Ecosystem-based management is a word commonly used to guide the marine ecosystem- and resource management into becoming sustainable and holistic. But how does it work from a legal perspective? A group of legal scientists have been studying national laws in different Baltic Sea countries in order to understand how they adapt to the “ecosystem approach”.

BEAM research in blog-form


How international fish trade masks fish stock decline

Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems. Read more on Stockholm Resilience Centre's (SRC) web!