BalticAPP - Wellbeing from the Baltic Sea - applications combining natural sciences and economics
The project focused 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 combined existing state-of-the-art modelling tools and recently collected data. The models created links between nutrient loading, fishing, human wellbeing and the marine ecosystem. Furthermore models helped evaluate the effects of agriculture and fisheries policies on human welfare.
In addition, the project identified long-term strategies to safeguard the various ecosystem services provided by the Baltic Sea. Anticipated climate and socio-economic developments were taken into account for those strategies. The project applied 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 piloted a mobile application, in which local people were able 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.
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)