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ECOSUPPORT: ECOSUPPORT - Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to support decision making

Type of Entry: Project
Website: www.baltex-research.eu/ecosupport/index.html
Duration: 2009 - 2011

ECOSUPPORT (Advanced tool for scenarios of the Baltic ECOsystem to SUPPORT decision making) is a BONUS funded project to address the urgent need for policy relevant information on the combined future impacts of climate change and industrial and agricultural practices in the Baltic Sea catchment on the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

The main aim is to provide a multi-model system tool to support decision makers. The tool is based upon scenarios from an existing state-of-the-art coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean-land surface model for the BS catchment area, marine physical-biogeochemical models of differing complexity, a food web model, statistical fish population models, economic calculations, and new data detailing climate effects on marine biota.

The expected outcome is an advanced modeling tool for scenario simulations of the whole marine ecosystem that can underpin and inform management strategies to ensure water quality standards, biodiversity and fish stocks.

Keywords: Climate, Economics
Contact: International BALTEX Secretariat (IBS)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Max-Planck-Straße 1
D-21502 Geesthacht
Website: http://www.baltex-research.eu/organisation/ibs.html
Partner: Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) (www.io-warnemuende.de)
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) (www.smhi.se)
Finnish Environment Institute - SYKE (www.environment.fi)