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1st Baltic Earth Conference
Multiple drivers for Earth system changes in the Baltic Sea region
Nida, Curonian Spit, Lithuania
13 - 17 June 2016




Special Issue in Earth System Dynamics on "Multiple drivers for Earth changes in the Baltic Sea region" Submission deadline extended to 31 March 2017

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Extending the knowledge of the regional Earth system in the Baltic Sea region

Baltic Earth stands for the vision to achieve an improved Earth system understanding of the Baltic Sea region. This means that the research disciplines of BALTEX continue to be relevant, but a more holistic view of the Earth system encompassing processes in the atmosphere, on land and in the sea as well as in the antroposphere shall gain in importance in Baltic Earth relative to BALTEX. Specific grand research challenges represent interdisciplinary research questions to be tackled by the new programme in the coming years. A major means will be scientific assessments of particluar research topics by expert groups, similar to the BACC approach, which shall help to identify gaps and inconsistencies in the current knowledge. The continuity in basic research fields, structure (secretariat, conferences, publications) and the network (people and institutions) is symbolised by the clearly recognizable logo, being very similar to the BALTEX logo, but still distinctly different.

A science plan is currently in preparation. The intention is to respond flexibly to a continuously on-going definition of core research questions which are identified to be key scientific issues, so-called Grand Challenges for research. These will be identified at conferences and by assessing existing knowledge in a specific research field by dedicated working groups (following the BACC approach). Research foci are planned for periods of about 3-4 years. Baltic Earth will communicate with stakeholders and research funding agencies to promote funding relevant for the Grand Challenges.


Baltic Earth Workshop on "Coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling for the Baltic Sea and North Sea"
7-8 February 2017, IOW in Warnemünde
Poster and registration Deadline extended to 30 January...

Baltic from Space
Joint ESA-Baltic Earth Workshop on remote sensing applications in the Baltic Sea region
29-31 March 2017, Helsinki, Finland
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January

15th Polish-German Seminar on Coastal Research "The coasts of North Sea and Baltic Sea under climate change". Maritime Museum, Hamburg, Germany 11-12 October 2016: Summmary and presentations now available here...
EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, 23-28 Apri

Baltic Earth Seminar at Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 "Exchanges between the North and Baltic Seas - A scientific overview".
Presentations online here...

North Sea Climate Change Assessment now online available as Open Access! Congratulations for this tremendous effort!

Interview with students and lecturers about the Askö Summer School...
A short note by the Baltic Sea Centre of Stockholm University ...

Assessment Report of the Gulf of Finland published

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has published an assessment of the Gulf of Finland, compiling the research results of over a hundred Finnish, Russian and Estonian researchers. The over 300-page publication includes recent information on issues such as eutrophication, hazardous substances, invasive species, noise, maritime traffic, and plastic waste. The publication is the most important result of the Gulf of Finland Year arranged by the countries.  The publication includes for the first time a comprehensive collection of material on the status of the Gulf of Finland over a long period of time, collected by the three countries. Methods of collecting and analysing data were compared during the project. It makes it possible to gain commensurate, reliable information on the status of the Gulf of Finland.

More info:

Report download:

Main results and recommendations: https://helda.helsinki.fi/bitstream/handle/10138/158476/SYKE_PolicyBrief_ENG_01122015.pdf?sequence=1

Summer school on Askö ended with smiling faces...

Summer School on Askö started

20 students from 6 countries from around the Baltic Sea have gathered on the beautiful Swedish island of Askö for the third Baltic Earth summer school. After a rainy start, the sun is out and everybody is in good spirits for the days to come. Coming from an interdisciplinary mix of backgrounds (meteorology, oceanography, geography, social science, coastal engineering), the Master and PhD students will learn about the state of the art of climate and climate change research in the Baltic Sea region. Seven lecturers will cover all aspects of climate change in the Baltic Sea region.

Course coordinators are Markus Meier from the Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Marcus Reckermann from the International Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. The summer school is also co-organized by the Universities of Rostock and Stockholm. More...

1st Baltic Earth Conference in Nida: Now Conference Summary and photo pages available...

Publish your Baltic Sea region related Earth system research in our Special Issue in Earth System Dynamics...

Three outstanding scientists of BALTEX and Baltic Earth honoured

During the 1st Baltic Earth Conference at Nida, Lithuania, June 2016, Sirje Keevallik of Tallinn Technical University, Estonia, Anders Omstedt of University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Hans von Storch, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany, were awarded a "Certificate of Excellence", in recognition of their outstanding achievements for the Baltic Earth and BALTEX science communities, on behalf of the Baltic Earth Science Steering Group and Baltic Earth and BALTEX scientific communities.

Sirje was among the first scientists in the early BALTEX days to bridge the gap between the post-soviet and western research communities in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea region in the 1990s. Together with Ehrhard Raschke, who celebrated his 80th Birthday at the conference, she was a crucial figure for the opening process and has been active in BALTEX and Baltic Earth ever since. She was co-chair of the BALTEX Science Steering Group until 2013. Anders had been an active member of the BALTEX Science Steering Group from the very beginning, and soon became the driving factor for many BALTEX Phase I and II activities, including the BACC assessments. He was co-chair of the BALTEX Science Steering Group until 2013. During BALTEX Phase II, Hans initiated the BALTEX and Baltic Earth Assessments of Climate Change in the Baltic Sea basin (BACC), and thus made a considerable impact on the BALTEX and Baltic Earth research communities. He was co-chair of the BALTEX Science Steering Group until 2013. All three have with their experience and overview successfully contributed to the transformation of BALTEX to Baltic Earth, and have continued to be members of the Baltic Earth Science Steering Group.

We congratulate the three laureates and thank them for their long and successful support of the BALTEX and Baltic Earth communities! All the best for the future!

Thank you for a great conference!

Thanks to the local organizers and helpers, thank you the people of Nida for their hopsitality, and of course the biggest "Thank You" to all participants for making this conference so enjoyable!

Shortly, a scientific summary, as well as lots of photos from the conference and beyond, will be available on the conference web pages!


Upcoming Events

Workshop on "Coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling for the Baltic Sea and North Sea" 7-8 February 2017, IOW in Warnemünde.
Abstract Deadline: 30 Jan
Baltic from Space
Earth Observation Workshop,
Helsinki, 29-31 March 2017
Abstract Deadline: 31 Jan.

EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, 23-28 April 2017

11th Baltic Sea Science Congress
12-16 June 2017
Rostock, Germany
Abstract Deadline: 31 Jan.

SHIPPING AND THE ENVIRONMENT - From Regional to Global Perspectives
24 - 25 October 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
First Announcement...

For past events look here...

BACC I (2008) download


New BALTEX Publications here


Bierstedt, Svenja
Decadal to centennial variability of daily wind over Northern Europe and its application to migrating dunes in the Baltic Sea region
Dissertation at University of Hamburg, Germany

New Books

Omstedt, A.
Connecting Analytical Thinking and Intuition: And the Nights Abound with Inspiration.
SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences
ISBN 978-3-319-27534-5

The BACC II Author Team
Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin
Springer Regional Climate Studies Open Access, 501 p., May 2015
ISBN 978-3-319-16005-4

Omstedt, A.
Guide to process based modelling of lakes and coastal seas. Second Edition.
Springer-Praxis books in Geophysical Sciences, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-17990-2, 2015
ISBN 978-3-319-16005-4 More

Schmidt-Thomé, P., J. Klein (Eds.)
Climate Change Adaptation in Practice - from strategy development to implementation
Wiley Blackwell Book Publication, 327 p., May 2013
ISBN 978-0-470-97700-2 More

Pastuszak, M., Igras, J. (Eds.)
Temporal and spatial differences in emission of nitrogen and phosphorus from the Polish territory to the Baltic Sea
National Marine Fisheries Institute, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - State Research Institute Fertilizer Research Institute, Gdynia, 2012. 448 p. ISBN 978-8361650-08-9

Reckermann, M., K. Brander, B.R. MacKenzie, A. Omstedt (Eds.)
Climate Impacts on the Baltic Sea: From Science to Policy
Series: Springer Earth System Sciences. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg , 2012. 216 p. More

Schmelzer, N., J. Holfort, M. Sztobryn, P. Przygrodzki (Eds.)
Climatological Ice Atlas for the western and southern Baltic Sea (1961-2010)
ISBN 978-3-86987-278-0, BSH No. 2338 More

Omstedt, A.
Guide to Process Based Modeling of Lakes and Coastal Seas
Series: Praxis Books, Geophysical Sciences. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg , 2011. 310 p. More

New Articles

Lehmann, A., K. Höflich, P. Post, K. Myrberg, 2017:
Pathways of deep cyclones associated with large volume changes (LVCs) and major Baltic inflows (MBIs)
J Mar Syst 167:11-18, March 2017

Ruosteenoja K, Kämäräinen M, Aniskevicia S, Pirinen P, Mäkelä A, 2016:
Development of climate change scenarios for Latvia for the period until year 2100
FMI publicationsReport 2016:7, December 2016

Svedén J., Walve, J., Larsson, U., Elmgren, R., 2016:
The bloom of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in the northern Baltic Proper stimulates summer production
J Mar Syst 163:102-112, November 2016

Barkhordarian, A., H. von Storch, E. Zorita, and J. Gómez-Navarro, 2016:
An attempt to deconstruct recent climate change in the Baltic Sea Basin
Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, November 2016

Almroth-Rosell, E., M. Edman, K. Eilola, H.E.M. Meier, J. Sahlberg, 2016:
Modelling nutrient retention in the coastal zone of an eutrophic sea
Biogeosciences 13:5753-5769, October 2016

Stanev, E., J. Schulz-Stellenfleth, J. Staneva, S. Grayek, S. Grashorn, A. Behrens, W. Koch, J. Pein, 2016:
Ocean forecasting for the German Bight: from regional to coastal scales
Ocean Sci., 12, 1105-1136, October 2016

Zobkov, M., E. Esiukova, 2016:
Microplastics in Baltic bottom sediments: Quantification procedures and first results
Mar Pollut Bull online, October 2016

Esiukova E., 2016:
Plastic pollution on the Baltic beaches of Kaliningrad region, Russia
Mar Pollut Bull online, October 2016

Schimanke, S., H.E.M. Meier, 2016:
Decadal-to-Centennial Variability of Salinity in the Baltic Sea
J Clim 29(20):7173-7188, September 2016

Hünicke B, Zorita E 2016:
Statistical Analysis of the Accerleration of Baltic Mean Sea Level Rise, 1900-2012
Front. Mar. Sci., 22, July 2016

Chubarenko, I., A. Bagaev, M. Zobkov, E. Esiukova, 2016:
On some physical and dynamical properties of microplastic particles in marine environment
Mar Pollut Bull 108(1-2):105-112, July 2016

Noffke, A.., S. Sommer, A.W. Dale, P. Hall, O .Pfannekuch, 2016:
Benthis nutrient fluxes in the Eastern Gotland Basin (Baltic Sea) with particular focus on microbial mat ecosystems
J Mar Syst 158:1-12, June 2016

Wilewska-Bien M, Granhag L, Andersson K, 2016
The nutient load from food waste generated onboard ships in the Baltic Sea
Mar Poll Bull 105 (1):359-366, April 2016

Ruosteenoja K, Jylhä K, Kämäräinen M, 2016:
Climate Projections for Finland under the RCP Forcing Scenarios
Geophysica 51(1):17-50, April 2016

Kuliński K, Hammer K, Schneider B, Schulz-Bull D 2016:
Remineralization of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon in the Baltic Sea
Marine Chemistry 181:10-17, April 2016

Cloern, J., P. Abreu, J. Carstensen, L. Chauvaud, R. Elmgren, J. Grall, H. Greening, J. Johansson, M. Kahru, E. Sherwood, J. Xie, K. Yin, 2016
Human Activities and climate variability drive fast-paced change across the world's estuarine-coastal ecosystems
Global Change Biology 22(2):513-529, February 2016

Ekeroth, N., S. Blomqvist, P. Hall, 2016:
Nutrient fluxes from reduced Baltic Sea sediment: effects of oxygenation and macrobenthos
Mar Ecol Progr Ser 544:77-92, February 2016

Ekeroth, N., M. Kononets, J. Walve, S. Blomqvist, P. Hall, 2016:
Effects of oxygen on recycling of biogenic elements from sediments of a stratified coastal Baltic Sea basin
J. Mar. Syst 154:206-219, February 2016

Kahru, M., R. Elmgren, O.P. Savchuck, 2016:
Changing seasonality of the Baltic Sea
Biogeosciences 13:1009-1018, February 2016

Zhang, Y.J., E. Stanev, S. Grashorn, 2016:
Unstructured-grid model for the North Sea and Baltic Sea: Validation against observations.
Ocean Modelling, 97, 91-108, January 2016

Svenja E. Bierstedt, Birgit Hünicke, Eduardo Zorita, Sebastian Wagner, and Juan José Gómez-Navarro
Variability of daily winter wind speed distribution over Northern Europe during the past millennium in regional and global climate simulations
Clim. Past, 12, 317-338, 2016

Svenja E. Bierstedt, Birgit Hünicke and Eduardo Zorita
Variability of wind direction statistics of mean and extreme wind events over the Baltic Sea region
Tellus A 2015, 67, 29073, 2015


Special Issue Oceanologia, Vol. 56, (2), 2014
7th Study Conference on BALTEX 2013, selected papers
12 papers, pdf | online

H.E. Markus Meier, Anna Rutgersson and Marcus Reckermann (2014)
An Earth System Science Program for the Baltic Sea Region
EOS 95 (13), 109-110

Kuliński, K., B. Schneider, K. Hammer, U. Machulik, D. Schulz-Bull 2014
The influence of dissolved organic matter on the acid-base system of the Baltic Sea
Journal of Marine Systems 132:106-115, April 2014
Contact Author: kroll@iopan.gda.pl

Timo Vihma
Effects of Arctic Sea Ice Decline on Weather and Climate: A Review
Surv Geophys DOI 10.1007/s10712-014-9284-0

AMBIO Volume 43, Issue 1, February 2014
Special Issue: BONUS+ in Support of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Baltic Sea
Guest Editors: Andris Andrusaitis, Maija Sirola and Kaisa Kononen

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