Giving advice on cost effective measures for a cleaner Baltic Sea: A challenge for science

Citation
F. Wulff et al., Giving advice on cost effective measures for a cleaner Baltic Sea: A challenge for science, AMBIO, 30(4-5), 2001, pp. 254-259
Citations number
45
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Environment/Ecology,"Environmental Engineering & Energy
Journal title
AMBIO
ISSN journal
0044-7447 → ACNP
Volume
30
Issue
4-5
Year of publication
2001
Pages
254 - 259
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(200108)30:4-5<254:GAOCEM>2.0.ZU;2-D
Abstract
The Baltic Sea is one of the world's seas that is most severely affected by human activities. Although there is an international agreement that nutrie nt input to the Baltic should be reduced, the measures taken so far have no t resulted in major reductions in nutrient inputs nor in environmental impr ovements. The reasons for this are partly due to lack of knowledge on large -scale relationships and couplings between physics, biogeochemistry and eco logical properties. But there is also a lack of overall drainage basin-wide analyses on cost-effective measures. There is a danger in making the wrong decisions, e.g. implement reduction schemes that are at worst ineffective or at best, far from cost effective. Researchers from many disciplines are faced with a common challenge: To develop a decision-support system, which can be used as the scientific base for cost-effective measures for the enti re Baltic Sea. Such an effort is now being made within the research program MARE (http://www.mare.su.se).