AMBER

Assessment and Modelling Baltic Ecosystem Response

AMBER final report
AMBER briefing on key results
Year 2 progress report
Year 1 progress report

For more relevant publications, visit www.bonusportal.org/publications (category BONUS+ reports)

Begin date 1.1.2009

End date 31.12.2011

Grant: 1 704 912€

The general aim of AMBER is the implementation and application of the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) to the Baltic Sea with a focus on the coastal ecosystem (CE). The first step of AMBER is the separation of climate from anthropogenic signals in the CE by means of a combinatorial variation in model’s boundary conditions using the output of existing regional climate change scenarios and the output of a watershed model simulating changes in land use.

The second step of AMBER is the application of models for future projections. To reduce the problem of model uncertainties, the ensemble method will be applied. The resulting projections are milestones for the development of EAM tools.

To implement the EAM concept successfully requires the best available scientific information as a basis for integrated management. Therefore, retrospective analyses on long‐term data sets, intensive modeling with different types of models and selected measurements of biogeochemical transformation processes in the near coastal area and the groundwater will be applied and integrated into a sound scientific basis for supporting the development of EAM tools such as risk assessment, mitigation strategies, and Ecological Quality Objectives. Finally, cost‐effective indicators will be developed to improve monitoring strategies and to guide management decision making. EAM with its tools will be the core of science based advice for integrated management.

Keywords

Ecosystem Approach to Management and future model projections, Ecological Quality Objectives, changes in land use of catchment area, quantification of groundwater input, eutrophication

List of Participants and Principal Scientists

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany


Joachim Dippner  (Coordinator)


Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., Germany


Behrendt Horst


Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany


Michael Böttcher


University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Finland


Susanna Hietanen


Department of applied Environmental Science, Stockholm University, Sweden


Christoph Humborg


Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden


Markus Meier


University of Hamburg, Germany


Christian Möllmann


Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany


Gerald Schernewski


Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany


Maren Voss


Archipelago Research Institute, University of Turku, Finland


Ilppo Vuorinen


Coastal Research and Planning Institute, University Kleipeda, Lithuania  


Arturas Razinkovas


Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland


Jan Marcin Weslawski


Aalto University School of Science and Technology


Olli Simula


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