The EcoChange research

The main goal in EcoChange is to describe and analyse key processes and factors of importance for the future structure and function of the Baltic Sea ecosystem. The Baltic Sea provides excellent conditions for ecological climate change studies. The collaboration within EcoChange gives the opportunity for an unprecedented holistic synthesis on the consequences of climate change.

EcoChange researcher Sonia Brugel sampling water in the Gulf of Bothnia. Photo: Jonas Wester.

In the Baltic Sea area, climate change is expected to increase both temperature and precipitation. The freshwater will bring increasing amounts of pollutants and terrestrial organic matter to the already strained Baltic Sea.

The Baltic contains several basins, which show fundamental differences in hydrology and food web structure. In order to predict the consequences of climate change in the different parts of the Baltic, basin-specific studies are therefore required. Within EcoChange, Umeå University and Linnaeus University provide facilities, complementary and multidisciplinary research competence, and advanced knowledge concerning both the northern and the southern parts of the Baltic. All together, this makes for auspicious basin-specific research.

Teamwork within EcoChange. Researchers Henrik Larsson, Matyas Ripzam, Christine Gallampois, Åsa Berglund and Daniela Figueroa analyzing samples from gradient studies in the mesocosm laboratory at Umeå Marine Sciences Centre. Photo: Kristina Viklund.

Furthermore, there are natural gradients from south to north in salinity, temperature and other important parameters. Thereby the Baltic provides excellent conditions for studies of the consequences of climate change. In some ways, the current conditions in the northern parts are comparable to the future conditions in the southern parts. The collaboration between Umeå University and Linnaeus University allows for parallell studies in south and north, which makes for auspicious research on the ecological effects of climate change in the Baltic Sea area. The participation of SLU and NRM in EcoChange gives the opportunity for an unprecedented holistic synthesis on the consequences of the climate change.

Satelllite image showing a cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Proper. Within EcoChange the ecological effects of climate changes on the already strained Baltic Sea are studied.

The main goal in EcoChange is to describe and analyse key processes and factors of importance for the future structure and function of the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Human-induced change factors are important components in the complex picture. The results yield significant input to a sustainable management of the Baltic Sea.

The research is divided into five integrated themes targeting different areas of the call. 

Theme 1: Effects of changes of environmental drivers on the structure and productivity of the microbial food web.

Theme 2: Feedback of higher trophic levels and overharvesting.

Theme 3: Future changes in food web transport of legacy and emerging POPs.

Theme 4: Support for marine monitoring.

Theme 5: Integrated synthesis of the research.


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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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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