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Warming in the Baltic Sea region is expected to continue and alter the marine ecosystem

27 Sep 2013 | by
A recently released report on climate change in the Baltic Sea area looks into historical and more recent changes in the region’s climate and changes that are projected to take place in the future. The new assessment is an important contribution to the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting, to be held next Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark. Climate is an important controlling factor for the marine ecosystem. The report examines possible future changes in the Baltic Sea and explains what future climate change may mean for the protection of the sea.

The report also contains proposals for action to counteract the expected negative impacts from climate change on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. This has been done to follow-up the needs for more stringent and supplementary actions due to climate change indicated by the HELCOM 2007 and 2010 Ministerial Meetings.