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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EcoChange praised by expert panel

EcoChange praised by expert panel

evaluation The first five years of EcoChange have come to an end, and the strategic research programme has been evaluated. The expert panel praise the strategic programme, and point out the management, the international collaboration and the close contact with stakeholders as important success factors.


Several ways to cope with pH stress

Several ways to cope with pH stress

Research Our oceans are becoming more acidified, and the bacteria seem to have many ways to cope with the pH stress. In nutrient-poor conditions the effects on bacteria are more pronounced, and the energy costs to the ecosystem can be substantial.

EcoChange News

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...

Several ways to cope with pH stress

2016-02-23
Our oceans are becoming more acidified, and the bacteria seem to have many ways to cope with the pH stress. In nutrient-poor conditions the effects on bacteria are more pronounced, and the energy costs to the ecosystem can be substantial.

Coastal bacteria thrive on river water

2016-02-04
Large amounts of dissolved carbon discharged in river waters enable bacteria to thrive in the northernmost part of the Baltic. In the coastal zone bacteria dominate the base of the food web, instead of the normally prevalent phytoplankton. Increases in the dissolved carbon discharges can lead to a l...

Invasive waterflea meets a barrier

2016-01-12
The highly bioinvasive water flea Cercopagis pengoi has spread to most parts of the Baltic Sea. However, there seems to be a barrier to its expansion somewhere in the border area between the Bothnian Sea and the Bothnian Bay.

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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