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The strategic research programme EcoChange

The strategic research programme EcoChange focuses on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Collaboration between several universities enables unique possibilities to perform holistic syntheses of the effects in the Baltic Sea. The research includes different thematic areas, with the Baltic Sea ecosystem as a common denominator.

Microbes hitchhike to the sea

Freshwater microbes hitchhike with plastic particles to the sea. Does it affect microbes in seawater?

Disease-causing bacteria thrive in browner water

A new thesis reveals how climate change can promote potentially dangerous bacteria in the Baltic Sea.

Phytoplankton uptake of mercury controlled by thiols

Thiols control how much mercury enters the food web in aquatic environments.

EcoChange in a nutshell

Climate change
will effect temperature, salinity and nutrients in the Baltic Sea. Dissolved carbon will increase, which will promote bacteria.
The food web
will not be as efficient as earlier, due to the promotion of bacteria. This can lead to decreased fish production and an increase in contaminants.
The Baltic Sea
with its gradients in salinity and temperature acts as an excellent model for the effects of climate change in marine systems.

Insight into the research


Meet the people, read about what has been done within EcoChange.

Reports and articles

Reports and articles produced within EcoChange. Reportages on the research and the results.


Scientific publications produced within EcoChange.