EcoChange – Ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea in a changing climate

Climate changes threaten to accentuate the problems with eutrophication and overfishing in the Baltic Sea, leading to ecosystem changes of hitherto unprecedented magnitudes. The research programme EcoChange deals with the ecological consequences of climate changes on the Baltic Sea, and how the Baltic Sea will respond.

EcoChange is a part of the government's strategic research initiative on marine environmental research. The research programme is a collaboration between Umeå University, Linnaeus University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and is hosted by Umeå University. EcoChange was originally funded for 2010–2014. The funding has been prolonged during 2015-2016 while awaiting further government decisions. Around sixty scientists work within the EcoChange programme.

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Amazing cyanobacteria diversity revealed

Amazing cyanobacteria diversity revealed

Research Every year news media report on troublesome blooms of cyanobacteria. The problems are related to the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea, and with the climate change the blooms are predicted to worsen. Cyanobacteria seem to be extremely capable of adapting to changes in the environment. However, it is still not clear what exactly regulates the growth of the cyanobacteria. What makes them so adaptive? …and are the blooms of cyanobacteria as homogenic as we have presumed? A group of EcoChange researchers decided to look deeper into the subject.


Underestimated algae production on shallow bottoms

Underestimated algae production on shallow bottoms

Research Algae are responsible for a large part of the production of organic matter in the sea and their importance for the northern Baltic Sea has so far been underestimated, according to a study conducted by the research programme EcoChange at Umeå University.

EcoChange News

Amazing cyanobacteria diversity revealed

2016-09-01
Every year news media report on troublesome blooms of cyanobacteria. The problems are related to the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea, and with the climate change the blooms are predicted to worsen. Cyanobacteria seem to be extremely capable of adapting to changes in the environment. However, it is ...

Underestimated algae production on shallow bottoms

2016-08-08
Algae are responsible for a large part of the production of organic matter in the sea and their importance for the northern Baltic Sea has so far been underestimated, according to a study conducted by the research programme EcoChange at Umeå University.

Invasive waterflea can change ecosystems in the Bothnian Bay

2016-07-06
The highly bioinvasive water flea, Cercopagis pengoi, has spread from the Caspian Sea to greater parts of the Baltic Sea. In the Bothnian Bay, it seems to meet a barrier in the area between the Bothnian Sea and the Bothnian Bay. Climate change can lead to the barrier of northward spreading is torn d...

Underestimated production on shallow bottoms

2016-05-24
Microalgae growing on sea bottoms in shallow areas have a significant role in the marine ecosystem. A group of EcoChange researchers have studied their contribution to primary production in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, and have received results which show that earlier studies have underestim...

Dissolved organic matter – variation and recommendations for monitoring

2016-05-11
The number of studies focusing om DOM has increased during the last decades for the Gulf of Bothnia, Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Proper, but such studies are still scarce regarding the Kattegatt and Skagerrak regions.

Bacteria – lead players in the Baltic Sea

2016-04-14
Bacterioplankton are lead players in the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Climate changes will lead to a promotion of bacteria, especially in the northern parts. This will have a major impact on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Ecochange researcher Daniela Figueroa has looked deep into the role of bacterioplankton in...

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Page Editor: Kristina Viklund
2016-06-22

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Scientific coordinator

Agneta Andersson
Prof. Dept of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Umeå University 

Tel:  +46 90 786 98 45

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Vice coordinator

Catherine Legrand
Prof. School of Natural Sciences, Pro-rector
Linnaeus University 

Tel:  +46 480 44 73 09

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Programme Board

Marianne Sommarin, Chairman
Deputy vice chancellor, Umeå University

Peter Aronsson,
Vice Chairman
Pro-rector, Linnaeus University

Åke Bengtsson
Director, The Competent Authority for the Bothnian Sea River Basin District

Per Larsson
Prof. School of Natural Sciences,
Linnaeus University

Markus Meier
Oceanographer,
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

Mats Tysklind
Prof. Dept of Chemistry,
Umeå University

Reference group

Malin Kronholm
Norrbotten County Administrative Board

Johnny Berglund
Västerbotten County Administrative Board

Tommy Hammar
Kalmar County Administrative Board

Irene Bohman
Swedish River Basin District Authorities

Sonja Råberg
Stockholm County Administrative Board

Bengt Boström
Swedish Energy Agency

Hans-Göran Lax
West Finland Environmental Centre

Elisabeth Sahlsten
Swedish agency for marine and water management

Theme Leaders

Theme 1Catherine Legrand
School of Natural Sciences
Linnaeus University

Theme 2Pär Byström
Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Umeå University

Theme 3Mats Tysklind
Dept. of Chemistry
Umeå University

Theme 4Johan Wikner
Umeå Marine Sciences Centre
Umeå University

Theme 5Agneta Andersson
Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Umeå University