2/2011 Bulletin 16.2.2011

Date for your calendar:
BONUS Forum for stakeholders on 24 October in Gdansk

Following up from the last year’s Kick-off Conference in Tallinn, the BONUS Forum will take place this year on Monday 24 October in Gdansk, Poland. The Forum will demonstrate the outcomes and next steps of the BONUS+ projects to the key stakeholders. Analysis of the obtained data and compilation of the research outputs are now ongoing during this third and final project year.  View the outlines of the 16 BONUS+ projects.

Abstracts are invited to the 8th Baltic Sea Science Congress

The 8th Baltic Sea Science Congress Joint research efforts for sustainable ecosystem management, will be held on 22-26 August 2011 in St. Petersburg. The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 March 2011.
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EUROFLEETS Call for Ship-time "Regional 2" now open

You are now able to apply for fully funded ship-time on a range of European regional class research vessels in the frame of the EU funded project EUROFLEETS "Towards an alliance of European research fleets". Detailed information on the project, participating research vessels and how to write and submit a full proposal can be found at www.eurofleets.eu/np4/42. Full proposals will be accepted up to a deadline of Monday 2 May at 23:59 hours (CET).
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BACC book freely available for downloading

The BALTEX Assessment of Climate Change in the Baltic Sea basin (BACC book) is now freely available for downloading. The BALTEX Secretariat also invites anyone who spots errors, or would like to discuss issues related to the BACC, to do so by contributing to the BACC blog. This will contribute to the quality of the BACC II which is currently in preparation and planned to be published in late 2013. For any further information, please contact baltex@hzg.de.

A special issue of AMBIO on environmental risk governance of the Baltic Sea out now

A special issue of AMBIO (Volume 40, Number 2) featuring articles from BONUS+ projects RISKGOV, BALTGENE and PROBALT demonstrates that the relation between scientific knowledge and political decision-making is more complex than commonly thought.
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BONUS+ project in spotlight:


Baltic Sea was severely affected by oxygen depletion already in medieval times

Go back a thousand years, and you would find the sea surface temperature of the Baltic Sea slightly warmer and the oxygen depletion much wider spread than it is today. These are some of the preliminary findings of the international INFLOW research project of BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme.

By examining marine sediments of the Baltic Sea and using a modelling approach, the INFLOW researchers will gain new knowledge of the state of the sea through different centuries. This new information sheds light on sea surface temperature, sea ice cover and eutrophication levels at different times. Led by the Geological Survey of Finland and funded by the Academy of Finland, the INFLOW research project will produce model simulations to provide selected scenarios of the impact of natural and human-induced climate change on the Baltic Sea ecosystem.

“The extent of oxygen depletion was already a big problem in the Baltic Sea a thousand years ago, despite minimum interference from human activities. Then the climate cooled and the rate of oxygen depletion decreased. However, the climate got warmer again in the 20thcentury, which in turn increased oxygen depletion,” says INFLOW Coordinator Aarno Kotilainen, Research Professor at the Geological Survey of Finland.
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