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New project to develop innovative methods for improved remote sensing of the seafloor in the Baltic Sea

The BONUS ECOMAP project will start its three-year implementation on 1 September. This brings the number of projects funded from the ’BONUS call 2015: Blue Baltic’ to 12. A total amount of EUR 30 million will fund these projects for 2.5-3 years – until 2020.
BONUS ECOMAP will introduce new, innovative opto-acoustic remote sensing, mapping, and monitoring that will enable researchers to obtain a more comprehensive and holistic view on the Baltic Sea seafloor.

Habitats that are considered indicators of ecosystem diversity and health, such as sea grass meadows, reef-building macrofauna and stone reefs will be remote sensed with latest technologies of hydroacoustics, adapted shallow seismics, customised in situ laser methods and state-of-the-art airborne lidar.

“We welcome BONUS ECOMAP to our projects’ community and look forward to reaping results that new measurement techniques being introduced to the remote sensing of the seafloor of our vulnerable Baltic Sea will bring”, says Kaisa Kononen, Executive Director, BONUS EEIG.    

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First Announcement: 2nd Baltic Earth Conference, 11-15 June 2018, Helsingor

The 2nd Baltic Earth Conference: The Baltic Sea Region in Transition, will take place in Helsingor, Denmark on 11-15 June 2018. Scientists, managers and other stakeholders are welcomed to attend the conference.

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'BONUS call 2017: Synthesis' open

Proposals are invited until 9 November for transnational desktop-studies worth up to EUR 450 000 of funding each, mandatory preregistration 9 October.

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Deadlines fast approaching:


31 August:

SHEBA-Logo_RGB_72dpi Early bird registration ends! BONUS Symposium: Shipping and the environment, 24-25 October 2017, Gothenburg
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Abstract submission closes for the Gulf of Finland Science Days 2017, 9-10 October 2017, Tallinn
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1 September:

The call for theme session proposals for the 2018 edition of ICES Annual Science Conference closes
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Application submissions closes for the BONUS BLUEPRINT PhD course 'Molecular analyses of bacterioplankton composition and function', 22 October, Helsingor
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15 September:

logo INSPIREBIO-C3 Register for the BONUS Symposium: Science delivery for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources, 7-19 October 2017, Tallinn
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BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices of the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda. BONUS is funded jointly from the national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea and the EU. 

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