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.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research (coordinator)
Klaipėda University, Lithuania
Tallinn University, Estonia
University of Latvia, Latvia
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

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

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics

Effective start/end date01/04/201531/03/2018

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Project partner)
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Project partner)
  • Klaipėda University (Project partner)
  • University of Latvia (Project partner)
  • Tallinn University (Project partner)
  • Polish Academy of Sciences (Project partner)


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