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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




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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 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

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New BALTEX Publications here

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 More

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 More

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

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

Shaltout M, Tonbol K, Omstedt A, 2015:
Sea-level change and projection for future flooding along the Egyptian Mediterranean coast.
Oceanologia 57(4):293-307, October 2015

Gustafsson E, Omstedt A, Gustafsson BG, 2015:
The air-water CO2 exchange of a coastal sea—A sensitivity study on factors that influence the absorption and outgassing of CO2 in the Baltic Sea.
Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans DOI: 10.1002/2015JC010832, August 2015

Parard G, Charantonis A, Rutgersson A, 2015:
Remote Sensing the sea surface CO2 of the Baltic Sea using the SOMLO methodology
Biogeosciences 12:3369-3384, June 2015

Almroth-Rosell, E., K. Eilola, I. Kuznetsov, P. O. J. Hall, and H. E. M. Meier, 2015:
A new approach to model oxygen dependent benthic phosphate fluxes in the Baltic Sea
Journal of Marine Systems, 144, 127-141, April 2015

Liu, Y., H. E. M. Meier, and K. Eilola, 2014:
Improving the multi-annual, highresolution modelling of biogeochemical cycles in the Baltic Sea by using data assimilation.
Tellus A, 66, 24908, December 2014

Omstedt, A., Elken, J., Lehmann, A., Leppäranta, M., Meier, H.E.M., Myrberg, K., Rutgersson, A. 2014
Progress in physical oceanography of the Baltic Sea during the 2003-2014 period
Progress in Oceanography 128:139-171, November 2014
Contact Author: Anders.Omstedt@gvc.gu.se

Schimanke, S., C. Dieterich, and H. E. M. Meier, 2014:
An algorithm based on SLP- uctuations to identify major Baltic inflow events.
Tellus A, 66, 23452, October 2014

Rutgersson, A., Jaagus J., Schenk F., Stendel M. 2014
Observed changes and variability of atmospheric parameters in the Baltic Sea region during the last 200 years
Clim Res 61(2):177-190, September 2014
Contact Author: anna.rutgersson@met.uu.se

Sproson D, Sahlée E, 2014
Modelling the impact of Baltic Sea upwelling on the atmospheric boundary layer
Tellus A 66, August 2014
Contact Author: david.sproson@geo.uu.se

Eilola, K., E. Almroth-Rosell, and H. E. M. Meier, 2014:
Impact of saltwater inflows on phosphorus cycling and eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. A 3D model study.
Tellus A, 66, 23985, August 2014

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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