Baltic Sea biodiversity vs. multiple human stressors: We have a breakthrough

NIVA Denmark Water Research has together with collaborators from the Finnish Marine Research Centre (MRC-SYKE), Aarhus University (Denmark), European Environment Agency (EEA) and UCSB in USA carried out and published an analysis on linkages between biodiversity status and cumulative human pressures.

The study has been funded by the STAGES project via the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). The work is based on two existing Baltic Sea-wide data sets, one related to an integrated assessment of biodiversity status and one related to mapping of cumulative human pressures and impacts.

- The biodiversity status in open parts of the Baltic Sea is correlated to cumulative human pressures and impacts – the relations have been sought for decades, now it is ground-truthed,says Jesper H. Andersen, chief scientist at NIVA Denmark Water Research.

- I am proud that NIVA Denmark Water Research only eight months after our start can contribute to nothing less than a scientific breakthrough. The results should be seen as a stepping stone leading to the development of operational Decision Support Tools in regard to ecosystem-based management of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea.

>> Click here to read the Short Communication, which is under publication in ‘Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science’.

Sist oppdatert 11.05.2015