Biological effects of anthropogenic chemical stress: Tools for the assessment of ecosystem health (BEAST): A Baltic Sea BONUS+ programme project

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  • Kari K. Lehtonen
    Kari K. LehtonenFinnish Environment InstituteFinland
  • Brita Sundelin
    Brita SundelinStockholm UniversitySweden
  • Thomas Lang
    Thomas LangJohan Heinrich von Thünen-InstitutGermany
  • Doris Schiedek
    Doris SchiedekDenmark
  • Maija Balode
    Maija BalodeLatvian Institute of Aquatic EcologyLatvia
  • Henryka Dabrowska
    Henryka DabrowskaUniversity of LatviaLatvia
  • Jakob Strand
  • Janina Barsiene
    Janina BarsieneInstitute of Ecology of Vilnius UniversityLithuania
  • Elmira Boikova
    Elmira BoikovaAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchGermany
  • Katja Broeg
    Katja BroegSea Fisheries Institute in GydniaPoland
  • Jens Gercken
    Jens GerckenInstitute for Applied Ecology Ltd.Germany
  • Sergey Golubkov
    Sergey GolubkovZoological Institute of Russian Academy of SciencesRussian Federation
  • Sergey Kholodkevich
    Sergey KholodkevichScientific Research Center for Ecological Safety RASRussian Federation
  • Galina Rodjuk
    Galina RodjukAtlantic Research Institute of Marine Fishereis and OceanographyRussian Federation
  • Rolf Schneider
    Rolf SchneiderLeibniz Institute for Baltic Sea ResearchGermany
  • Sirje Vilbaste
    Sirje VilbasteEstonian University of Life SciencesEstonia
  • Pekka J. Vuorinen
    Pekka J. VuorinenFinnish Game and Fisheries Research InstituteFinland
  • Department of Arctic Environment
  • Department of Marine Ecology
  • Section for Marine Ecology
In the Baltic Sea Action Plan the urgent need to develop biological effects monitoring of hazardous substances and the assessment of ecosystem health has been clearly indicated. These goals will be tackled in the newly launched BEAST project (Biological Effects of Anthropogenic Chemical Stress: Tools for the Assessment of Ecosystem Health, 2009-2011), which is part of the Baltic Sea BONUS+ Programme funded jointly by national funding agencies and FP7 ERA-NET+ of the European Commission. The BEAST project consists of three workpackages (WP) with the following main tasks: WP1- Field studies and experiments in selected sub-regions of the Baltic Sea, WP2 - Application and validation of methods in monitoring and assessment in the Baltic Sea, and WP3 - Developing tools for ecosystem health assessment in the Baltic Sea. BEAST research activities are focused in the sub-regions of Gulf of Bothnia, Gulf of Finland, Gulf of Riga, Gulf of Gdansk and the Belt Sea, most of which are characterised by scarce data on biological effects of hazardous substances. The data acquired will be combined with previous data (e.g. national monitoring activities, case studies, EU BEEP project) to reach the goals of WP2 and WP3. The BEAST project involves 16 partner institutions from all nine Baltic Sea countries, being thereby the largest international effort in this field conducted in the area. In this presentation, the outline of a joint multidiciplinary research scheme for the assessment of ecosystem health of the Gulf of Finland is given as an example of the planned activities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2009
StatePublished - 2009
Event - Bordeaux, France

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Conference15th International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms - PRiMO 15
CountryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period17/05/200920/07/2009

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