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, Finnish Environment Institute, FinlandBrita Sundelin, Stockholm University, SwedenThomas Lang, Johan Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, GermanyDoris Schiedek, DenmarkMaija Balode, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, LatviaHenryka Dabrowska, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Jakob Strand
  • Janina Barsiene, Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University, LithuaniaElmira Boikova, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, GermanyKatja Broeg, Sea Fisheries Institute in Gydnia, PolandJens Gercken, Institute for Applied Ecology Ltd., GermanySergey Golubkov, Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian FederationSergey Kholodkevich, Scientific Research Center for Ecological Safety RAS, Russian FederationGalina Rodjuk, Atlantic Research Institute of Marine Fishereis and Oceanography, Russian FederationRolf Schneider, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, GermanySirje Vilbaste, Estonian University of Life Sciences, EstoniaPekka J. Vuorinen, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Finland
  • 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
Event15th International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms - PRiMO 15 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 17 May 200920 Jul 2009

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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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