BalticAPP - Wellbeing from the Baltic Sea - applications combining natural sciences and economics

BalticAPP - Wellbeing from the Baltic Sea - applications combining natural sciences and economics

Project Implementation Period: 
April 2015 - May 2018
Specific Funding Programme: 



€2 million

About the Project: 

The project focus is on the supply and demand of marine ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea region. The time focus is on the future 80-100 years.

In their study the project partners combine existing state-of-the-art modelling tools and recently collected data. The models create links between nutrient loading, fishing, human wellbeing and the marine ecosystem. Furthermore models help evaluating the effects of agriculture and fisheries policies on human welfare.

In addition, the project identifies long-term strategies to safeguard the various ecosystem services the Baltic Sea provides us with. Anticipated climate and socio-economic developments are taken into account for those strategies. The project applies the concept of ‘Citizen Science’ as well as recent developments in information technology to test innovative, low-cost methods for collecting data on the demand of cultural ecosystem services like recreation.

Moreover the project pilots a mobile application, local people can use to share their specific insider knowledge with researchers. The application provides researchers and policymakers with valuable information on the consumption patterns and geographical hotspots of recreation in the Baltic Sea region. The information gathered by the users of the app closes knowledge gaps related to those ecosystem services that are particularly important for well-being.

Project partners

University of Helsinki (FI) – Project Coordinator
Natural Resources Institute Finland (FI)
Aarhus University (DK)
Kiel Institute of the World Economy (DE)
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE)
Stockholm University (SE)
University of Warsaw (PL)