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Model results: Baltic Sea could return to a good environmental status

Markus Meier
Markus Meier of the IOW led the international team of authors, which compared models of the future state of the Baltic Sea against the background of different climate scenarios. (Photo: IOW / K. Beck)

In the largest model comparison ever carried out for the Baltic Sea region, an international team of authors led by Markus Meier, oceanographer from Warnemünde, came to the conclusion that a good status of the Baltic Sea environment can be achieved if the measures planned in the Baltic Sea Action Plan to reduce nutrient discharges are consistently implemented. They thus contradicted the view that climate change in general makes it impossible to achieve this goal. At the same time, however, they confirmed that climate change would lead to an increase in eutrophication if the nutrient load remains high.

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