Echoes from the past: A healthy Baltic Sea requires more effort

Aarno T. Kotilainen, Laura Arppe, Slawomir Dobosz, Eystein Jansen, Karoline Kabel, Juha Karhu, Mia M. Kotilainen, Antoon Kuijpers, Bryan C. Lougheed, H.E. Markus Meier, Matthias Moros, Thomas Neumann, Christian Porsche, Niels Poulsen, Peter Rasmussen, Sofia Ribeiro, Bjørg Risebrobakken, Daria Ryabchuk, Semjon Schimanke, Ian SnowballMikhail Spiridonov, Joonas J. Virtasalo, Kaarina Weckström, Andrzej Witkowski, Vladimir Zhamoida

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    Integrated sediment multiproxy studies and modeling were used to reconstruct past changes in the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Results of natural changes over the past 6000 years in the Baltic Sea ecosystem suggest that forecasted climate warming might enhance environmental problems of the Baltic Sea. Integrated modeling and sediment proxy studies reveal increased sea surface temperatures and expanded seafloor anoxia (in deep basins) during earlier natural warm climate phases, such as the Medieval Climate Anomaly. Under future IPCC scenarios of global warming, there is likely no improvement of bottom water conditions in the Baltic Sea. Thus, the measures already designed to produce a healthier Baltic Sea are insufficient in the long term. The interactions between climate change and anthropogenic impacts on the Baltic Sea should be considered in management, implementation of policy strategies in the Baltic Sea environmental issues, and adaptation to future climate change.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)60-68
    Number of pages9
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


    • Baltic Sea
    • Climate change
    • Holocene
    • Inflow
    • Modeling
    • Multiproxy analyses

    Programme Area

    • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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