Research subjects

Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre conducts research to support the management of the Baltic Sea, transmits useful scientific knowledge to the right place in society and provide essential infrastructure for marine monitoring, research and education.

The Baltic Sea Centre focuses on scientific issues that are important for understanding and managing the Baltic Sea and its catchment area.

In 2015 the United Nations general assembly set 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, with the intention to achieve them by 2030. Many of the goals can be linked to the ocean but goal number 14 is named Life below water. Our scientific focus areas follow the targets of the SDG-goal and are studied as a whole, in a ecosystembased way:

  • reducing eutrophication,
  • fish and sustainable fisheries,
  • minimizing environmental contaminants,
  • the conservation of marine biodiversity, 
  • climate effects and the Baltic Sea.

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 EU projects, such as 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. The work method developed within Baltic Eye is now part of the whole centre. We try to disseminate all relevant knowledge and further promote scientifically based decisions aimed at improving the Baltic Sea environment.

Our researchers are also 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 field studies addressing major biogeochemical cycles, food web issues, marine habitats and the fate of contaminants.

Contact us for more information about our current science or marine research at Stockholm University. 


Analysis and synthesis

Our researchers form an interdisciplinary team whose projects have a strong focus on being applied and able to support decision-making and administrative processes. The environmental challenges we study are eutrophication, environmental pollutants, fisheries, coastal exploitation and climate change. We apply a source-to-sea approach since:

  • many environmental problems in the Baltic Sea are caused by human activities in the catchment area
  • the strong gradients of the semi-enclosed sea and stratified character are significant for material transport from rivers to coastal waters and open Baltic Sea.


Resources for research

We also provide, develop and maintain physical resources for marine research.


Since 2014, Stockholm University and University of Helsinki have entered a strategic partnership with special focus on Baltic Sea research, including researcher training and infrastructure development.

Read about Baltic Bridge


Stockholm University intensifies the strategic Baltic Sea research. Baltic Sea Fellows gathers young researchers at various departments of the University, in a joint marine interdisciplinary research team at the Baltic Sea Centre. This initiative is a development of the governmental funding of strategic research areas (SFO).

Read about Baltic Sea Fellows


The marine modelling group Baltic Nest Institute Sweden (BNI) assists HELCOM with scientific data and calculating emission ceilings for nitrogen and phosphorus within the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.

Read about Baltic Nest Institute and models for decision support

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