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Development of a new monitoring plan for the Baltic Sea

Published: 28 November 2018

The environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea is governed by a range of international and European legislation, directives and policies. Identifying synergies between different monitoring programs could help to achieve their common goal of sustainable marine ecosystem management.

The research project FUMARI – Future Marine Assessment and Monitoring of the Baltic – was recently started. The aim of the project is to draft a proposal for a renewed monitoring system of the Baltic Sea marine environment. This plan will be based on a review of the gaps between the monitoring requirements set in the international legislation and the existing monitoring and data management, and on an analysis of the possibilities that novel monitoring methods can offer to address the shortcomings in the existing system.

SLU is one of the partners of the project. On the 19-21 November 2018, SLU organized the kickoff meeting of the FUMARI project in Uppsala. At the meeting work plans, deliverables and responsibilities, as well as cross-linkages to and cooperation with other BONUS projects, were discussed. In addition, an online workshop was held to collect and implement the views of the stakeholders responsible for the Baltic Sea monitoring.

Representatives of all FUMARI partners were present at the kick-off meeting in Uppsala. Antonia Liess (Halmstad University), Sebastian Birk (Universität Duisburg-Essen, UDE), Jenni Attila (SYKE), Leoni Mack (UDE), Maria Kahlert (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU), Kristian Meissner (coordinator, SYKE), Laura Uusitalo (SYKE), Leonard Sandin (SLU), Lena Viktorsson and Kari Eilola (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute). Harri Kuosa and Timo Pyhälahti (SYKE) are not in the photo. Photo: Kristian Meissner.


FUMARI is funded by BONUS, a Baltic Sea research and development programme, and has four partners: Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (coordinator), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Halmstad University, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.


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