Baltic Sea environment visualised during World Water Week

What causes eutrophication in the Baltic Sea? What are the future scenarios for the ocean? Ocean environment issues was illustrated in a visualisation dome theatre during World Water Week in Stockholm, September 6-8. SMHI also took part in workshops on the theme of Water Quality.

The eutrophication of the Baltic Sea could be affected by climate change. In any decision concerning the environment, it is therefore increasingly important to consider the effects of a warmer climate.

The new visualisation “Baltic Vision” focuses on facts relating to the ocean environment, as well as on various scenarios for the future. It indicates how the effects of a combination of change in climate and eutrophication might be affected by lower emissions.

The ocean environment presentation was given during World Water Week on 6-8 September, which was being held at Stockholm International Fairs. The inflatable dome theatre can accommodate 20 or so visitors at a time, and SMHI experts in oceanography and hydrology was there taking part. The presentation is produced by SMHI and the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, CSPR, in cooperation with Visualiseringscenter C.

The content shown in the dome theatre is a result from the research programme BONUS/ECOSUPPORT, based on calculations with SMHI´s models RCO SCOBI and Balt-HYPE. The visualisation is financed partly by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Workshops at World Water Week

There was also a series of workshops on the theme of Water Quality during World Water Week. SMHI took part in “Minimizing Land Use Based Water Pollution” on 7 September, and “Shortcutting Historical Pollution Trends” on 9 September.

About the World Water Week in Stockholm

The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together 2500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions. The theme for the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm, September 5-11, is “The Water Quality Challenge -Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement”.

Contacts for Baltic Sea Environment Visualisation

Patrik Wallman, researcher hydrology, patrik.wallman@smhi.se, +4611-495 8698
Helén Andersson, researcher oceanography, helen.andersson@smhi.se, +4611-495 8631
Lotta Andersson, researcher hydrology, lotta.andersson@smhi.se, +4611-495 8144
Tina Neset, Assistant Professor, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research Department of Water and Environmental Studies Linköping University, tina.schmid.neset@liu.se, +4613-28 22 88