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Research top 3 highlights 2010

Eelgrass biodiversity

                                                         Photo: Martin Isaeus, AquaBiota

  • We have developed a comprehensive set of models which forms a solid basis for designing recommendations about predictive mapping and subsequent spatial planning in the Baltic. The set includes c. 700 runs and covers four case study areas, c. 80 response variables (including fish, macro vegetation, invertebrates, ecosystem services) and c. 50 environmental predictors. More...
     
  • We have evaluated ecological consequences of different policy options, i.e. eutrophication targets from the BSAP, on the distribution of ecosystem services associated with fish recruitment and vegetative cover. Our scenario modelling exercises demonstrate a methodology for assessing the efficiency of management actions and the absolute need for a spatial context in such activities. More...
     
  • We have designed and distributed a questionnaire, which will form the basis for a study on economic values of marine ecosystem services in different parts of the Baltic (“willingness to pay”). The study focuses on the values of proposed actions e.g. in the BSAP against eutrophication and over-fishing. More...

 

PREHAB research

In PREHAB we evaluate the opportunities and limitations of modelling ecological maps. We will also develop new approaches for the use of such maps. This includes the incorporation of economic evaluation, and the use of scenarios to predict future changes caused by human pressures.

Four case-study areas

The potential for ecologic mapping and economic valuation is assessed in four case-study areas representing a variety of conditions and geographic regions:
I. Swedish-Finnish Archipelago Sea
II. The Lithuanian coast

III. Coastal Kattegat, Sweden
IV. 
Coastal Baltic proper, Sweden

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