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3rd Baltic Earth Conference
Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts
Jastarnia, Hel peninsula, Poland
1 - 5 June 2020




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The International Baltic Earth Secretariat wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2020!


Upcoming Events

23 - 30 March 2020:
2nd International Winter School on Analysis of Climate Variability
, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany.

26 April - 1 May 2020:
19th Alps Adria Scientific Workshop
. Wisła, Poland.

3 - 8 May 2020:
EGU General Assmbly 2020.
Vienna, Austria.

1- 5 June 2020: 3rd Baltic Earth Conference - Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts. Jastarnia, Poland.

10-13 August 2020:
Nordic Hydrological Conference
(NHC2020) Hydrology and Water-related Ecosystems, Tallinn University, Estonia. .

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Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin

Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin
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Climate Impacts on the Baltic Sea:  From Science to Policy

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

Baltic Earth strives to achieve an improved Earth System understanding of the Baltic Sea region as the basis for science-based management in the face of climatic, environmental and human impact in the region. Baltic Earth brings together a broad international research community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the region. These “Grand Challenges” are tackled through joint research efforts, workshops, conferences and capacity building events accompanied by a continuous process of synthesis of the current state of knowledge. Communication with stakeholders and research funders aims to ensure impact and relevance of the research. Baltic Earth targets the atmosphere, land and marine environment of the Baltic Sea, its drainage basin and nearby areas with relevance for the Baltic Sea region. Background



Sunset over Baltic Sea waves in front of Warnemünde2nd International Baltic Earth Winter School on

Analysis of Climate Variability

23 - 30 March 2020, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany

Apply now!!! Application deadline: 15 December 2019

2nd Announcement Hel Conference 2020Second Announcement and Call for Papers:

3rd Baltic Earth Conference: Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts

1 - 5 June 2020, Jastarnia, Hel peninsula, Poland.

Baltic Earth Assessment Report BEAR and EN CLIME processes underway...

Baltic Earth Assessment Reports with BACC III now in the making

One of the goals of Baltic Earth when it inherited BALTEX, was the assessment of the current state of the science in different research fields in the Baltic Earth context, similar to the BACC approach for climate change. Now, 6 years after the establishment of Baltic Earth, and 2 international conferences, 23 workshops/seminars/sessions and 5 summer schools later, a series of extensive assessment reports, called BEAR (Baltic Earth Assessment Reports), is underway. For each of the Baltic Earth Grand Challenges, a team of experts from the Baltic Earth network is now collecting information and reading publications to wrap together the current state of knowledge in the respective research fields, including uncertainties and gaps in knowledge.

A special case of the BEAR reports is the assessment of regional climate change and its impacts. This report will be the update to BACC II, which had been published as a book in 2015. The upcoming BACC III report will add new knowledge and possibly challenge old knowledge, while summarizing but not repeating the valid information from BACC II.

As for the previous two BACC books, there will be a close collaboration with HELCOM, the intergovernmental organization for the protection of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea. HELCOM will in the future more strongly integrate climate change aspects into their work, e.g. into the update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. Moreover, HELCOM plans to publish recapitulatory, easily accessible climate “fact sheets” for practitioners, decision makers and the public, which shall be based on the BACC III and BACC II material. Baltic Earth scientists will also be part of an expert network on climate (EN Clime) which will look over the sound scientific statements of the fact sheets.

The peer reviewed BEAR reports are expected to be published sometime in 2020, as a special issue in an Open Access scientific journal. More...


New Baltic Earth Publications

New Books

Schneider B, Müller JD
Biogeochemical Transformations in the Baltic Sea
Springer Oceanography, eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61699-5, Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61698-8, 110p.,

Snoeijs-Leijonmalm P, Schubert H, Radziejewska T (eds)
Biological Oceanography of the Baltic Sea
Springer Netherlands Science+Business Media, eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-0668-2, Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-0667-5, 683p.,

New Articles


Meier HEM, Dieterich C, Eilola K, Höglund A, Radtke H, Saraiva S, Wahlström I, 2019:
Future projections of record-breaking sea surface temperature and cyanobacteria bloom events in the Baltic Sea
Ambio 48(11):1362-1376 November 2019

Ruosteenoja K, Vihma T, Venäläinen A, 2019
Projected Changes in European and North Atlantic Seasonal Wind Climate Derived from CMIP5 Simulations
JCLI 32:6467-6490, October 2019

Myrberg K, Korpinen S, Uusitalo L, 2019
Physical oceanography sets the scene for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation in the Baltic Sea
Mar Pol 107:103591, October 2019

Westerlund A, Tuomi L, Alenius P, Myrberg K, Miettunen E, Vankevich RE, Hordoir R, 2019:
Circulation patterns in the Gulf of Finland from daily to seasonal timescales
Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, July 2019

Ramacher MOR, Karl M, Bieser J, Jalkanen J-P, Johansson L, 2019:
Urban population exposure to NOx emissions from local shipping in three Baltic Sea harbour cities – a generic approach

Atmos Chem Phys 19:9153–9179, July 2019

Deng J, Wu J, Zhang W, Dudzinska-Nowak J, Harff J, 2019:
Characterising the relaxation distance of nearshore submarine morphology: A southern Baltic Sea case study

Geomorphology 327:365-376, February 2019


Meier HEN, Edman M, Eilola K, Placke M, Neumann T, Andersson H, Brunnabend S-E, Dieterich C, Frauen C, Friedland R, Gröger M, Gustafsson B, Gustafsson E, Isaev A, Kniebusch M, Kuznetsov I, Müller-Karulis B, Omstedt A, Ryabchenko V, Saraiva, Savchuk
Assessment of Euthrophication Abatement Scenarios for the Baltic Sea by Multi-Model Ensemble Simulations
Front Mar Sci, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00440, November 2018

Dabuleviciene T, Kozlov IE, Vaiciute D, Dailidiene I, 2018:
Remote Sensing of Coastal Upwelling in the South-Eastern Baltic Sea: Statistical Properties and Implications for the Coastal Environment

Remote Sens 10(11):1752, November 2018

Bieser J., Schrum C., 2018:
Evaluation of the Impact of Air-Sea Exchange on Atmospheric Mercury Concentrations.

In: Mensink C., Kallos G. (eds) Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXV. ITM 2016. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer

Stanev E, Pein J, Grashorn S, Zhang Y, Schrum C, 2018:
Dynamics of the Baltic Sea Straits via Numerical Simulation of Exchange Flows
Ocean Modelling 131:40-58, November 2018

Börgel F, Frauen C, Neumann T, Schimanke S, Meier HEM, 2018:
Impact of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation on Baltic Sea variability.
Geophysical Research Letter 45, September 2018

Placke M, Meier HEM, Gräwe U, Neumann T, Liu Y, 2018:
Long-term mean circulation of the Baltic Sea as represented by various ocean circulation models.
Front Mar Sci 5:287, September 2018

Hieronymus J, Eilola K, Hieronymus M, Meier HEM, Saraiva S, Karlson B, 2018:
Causes of simulated, longterm changes in chlorophyll concentrations in the Baltic Sea.
Biogeosciences 15:5113-5129, August 2018

Kulinski K, Szymczcha B, Koziorowska K, Hammer K, Schneider B, 2018:
Anomaly of total boron concentration in the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea and its consequence for the CO2 system calculations.
Mar Chem 204:11-19, August 2018

Saraiva S, Meier HEM, Andersson H, Höglund A, Dieterich C, Gröger M, Hordoir R, Eilola K, 2018:
Baltic Sea ecosystem response to various nutrient load scenarios in present and future climates
Clim Dyn (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4330-0, July 2018

Meier HEM, Eilola K, Almroth-Rosell E, Schimanke S, Kniebusch M, Höglund A, Pemberton P,  Saraiva S, 2018:
Disentangling the impact of nutrient load and climate changes on Baltic Sea hypoxia and eutrophication since 1850.
Clim Dyn 1-22, June 2018

Bauer B, Meier HEM, Casini M, Hoff A, Margoński P, Orio A, Saraiva S, Stenbeek J, Tomczak MT, 2018:
Reducing eutrophication increases spatial extent of communities supporting commercial fisheries: a model case study. ERRATUM
ICES J Mar Sci 75(3):1155, May 2018

Meier HEM, Väli G, Naumann M, Eilola K, Frauen C, 2018:
Recently accelerated oxygen consumption rates amplify deoxygenation in the Baltic Sea.
J Geophys Res 123(5):3227-3240, April 2018

Bauer B, Meier HEM, Casini M, Hoff A, Margoński P, Orio A, Saraiva S, Stenbeek J, Tomczak MT, 2018:
Reducing eutrophication increases spatial extent of communities supporting commercial fisheries: a model case study.
ICES J Mar Sci 75(4):1306-1317, January 2018



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