Research to achieve an improved Earth System understanding - Baltic Earth

Baltic Earth is a research network with the vision to achieve an improved Earth system understanding of the Baltic Sea region.

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.

The research topics of the previous research programme, BALTEX, shall continue to be relevant.

Specific grand research challenges are being formulated which represent interdisciplinary research questions to be tackled by the new programme in the coming years. A major means will be scientific assessments of particular research topics by expert groups, similar to the BACC approach, which shall help to identify gaps and inconsistencies in the current knowledge.

The programme focuses on the following Grand Challenges:

  • Salinity dynamics in the Baltic Sea.
  • Land-Sea biogeochemical feedbacks in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Natural hazards and extreme events in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Understanding sea level dynamics using remote sensing.
  • Understanding regional variability of water and energy exchange.

Overarching activities will be organized by two dedicated working groups:

  • Working Group on Outreach and Communication.
  • Working Group on Education.

The Baltic Earth Interim Science Steering Group (ISSG) is chaired by Markus Meier, SMHI.

Read more about the programme and upcoming meetings and activities at http://www.baltic-earth.eu.