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BONUS SEAM - towards streamlined Baltic Sea environmental assessment and monitoring

Monitoring of the marine environment and the biodiversity generates valuable information describing how the marine environment and marine ecosystems vary through time. The objective of the BONUS SEAM project is to develop recommendations and propose a more efficient monitoring system for a sustainable management of the Baltic Sea.

To achieve this objective BONUS SEAM will follow a threefold approach:

Firstly, BONUS SEAM will critically analyse the adequacy of current Baltic Sea environmental monitoring to support assessment requirements under different environmental policies, e.g. the assessment of status and trends, identify gaps and mismatches in relation to policy and science, and identify potential routes for improvement.

Secondly, BONUS SEAM will review recent innovative approaches for a more cost-effective collection of data and evaluate their potential application in an operational monitoring programme.

Building on these two steps BONUS SEAM will develop a proposal for a revised monitoring system for the Baltic Sea, which we will communicate to, and test, with key policy and technical stakeholders, including those authorities in charge of the monitoring nationally, to ensure that there is a close fit with possible implementation routes. The outcome of BONUS SEAM will be a realistically applicable proposal for how the current system of monitoring in the Baltic Sea can be revised. BONUS SEAM will also identify priority research needs to contribute to the further development of Baltic Sea assessments over the longer-term.

Contact Information

Prof. Mats Lindegarth

Box 260, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Seminariegatan 1F, 413 13 Gothenburg

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