A systems approach framework for coastal research and management in the Baltic (BaltCoast) (39201)

Project Details


The ultimate objective of this project is a coherent and systematic management approach that encompasses multiple impacts in a spatially heterogeneous context.
In BaltCoast we tackle this complex task using the Systems Approach Framework (SAF). The SAF is an issue oriented investigation and methodology that applies a holistic perspective. It investigates and quantifies the functions of systems in order to simulate specific questions concerning their functions or policies. It comprises the process from issue identification through system analyses to policy implementation.

This Systems Approach can, hence, competently address implementation of international directives (e.g. Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)). In BaltCoast we address multiple issues through case studies that reflect current regional management challenges and develop a generic tool for integrated system assessment.

This project is coordinated by Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW) and funded by EU, BONUS (Science for a Better Future of the Baltic Sea Region), ERA-NET.

Research area: Coastal Ecology
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Marine Living Resources
Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Effective start/end date01/04/201531/03/2018