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The coastal zone can reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea

HydrologyOceanographyClimate

The coastal zone is the area where the land meets the sea. A number of nutrients that are carried by the water from the land remain in the coastal zone. Research has now shown that the coastal zone can reduce the eutrophication in the open seas.

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Increased water inflow affects the shallow coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean

OceanographyClimate

The ongoing climate change is expected to have major impacts on the Arctic region. Scientists have observed greater inflows of warmer sea water from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic Ocean. This is likely to extend the ice-free period and affect the exchange of carbon dioxide and methane between the …

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More measurements will improve knowledge of the status of Europe's coastal waters

Oceanography

A new EU project will improve observations of the status of Europe's coastal waters, including algal blooms. Existing observation systems will be linked together and new methods will be developed. SMHI is one of 33 institutes that are collaborate in the project, which will continue for four …

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Sensible planning can result in sustainable growth in and around the Gulf of Bothnia

OceanographyClimate

Sustainable growth can only be achieved if the use of marine areas is planned sensibly, bringing about synergies where different activities benefit each other. This is the key idea behind a new research project to support growth in the maritime sector in and around the Gulf of Bothnia.

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Summer school increases knowledge of the Baltic Sea Region's future climate

OceanographyClimate

Starting next week, the BONUS research programme will host a summer school, which will bring around 30 young researchers together for an interdisciplinary exchange, which will focus on the Baltic Sea. Researcher Helén Andersson from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) will …

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The Baltic Sea Region’s climate is presented in a new book

OceanographyClimate

The Baltic Sea Region will become significantly warmer in the future. There is now a new compilation which describes the Baltic Sea Region’s climate, how it has changed to date and expected developments until the year 2100. It involves an increase of the sea level, coastal erosion and effects on …

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BalticAPP is set to collect information about the environmental state of the Baltic Sea

OceanographyClimate

An upcoming mobile app will give the general public vital information about the state of the environment in the Baltic Sea. Thanks to this app, anyone will be in a position to assess the state of the environment at a given location. The three-year BONUS project BalticAPP has the task of developing …

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Summer school at Askö in the Baltic Sea 24-30 August, 2015

OceanographyClimate

PhD students and early career researchers are invited to a summer school on Impact of climate chance on the marine environment with special focus on the role of changing extremes. Application deadline 30 May, 2015.

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Improved support system facilitates the decontamination of oil in seas covered by ice

OceanographyClimate

Researchers at the SMHI are set to improve their forecasts of spill and discharge diffusion that occurs in the Baltic Sea when the sea is ice covered. The work forms part of a project that will facilitate risk management and decontamination in the case of accidents or incidents in the Baltic Sea …

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Plankton Toolbox – a new tool for working with plankton data

Oceanography

Large data sets on plankton biodiversity and abundance provide many opportunities for research and environmental monitoring, but may be time consuming to work with. As a part of the Swedish LifeWatch project SMHI has developed Plankton Toolbox, an open source stand-alone application which will make …

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