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SECOS II-Ecosystem Services: Ecosystem Services and Quality Indicators

01.04.2016 - 31.03.2019
Project manager:
Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski
BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
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The project includes a systematic analysis which indicators for ecosystem services can be derived from ecosystem model simulations (e. g. water transparency, nutrient retention and transformation, anoxia, sediment burial); the definition of an ecosystem service evaluation baseline based on existing model simulation of 1880 (this baseline reflects reference conditions and potential ecosystem services); a comparison of the reference state with a the present state, a future climate change state and a good status of the sea according to MSFD and WFD; the preparation of historic and present ecosystem service maps for the entire German Baltic Sea; the analysis how the concept can be integrated into the MSFD and the integration into existing indicator based coastal sustainability assessments.


  • Inácio, M., G. Schernewski, Y. Nazemtseva, E. Baltranaitė, R. Friedland and J. Benz (2018). Ecosystem services provision today and in the past: a comparative study in two Baltic lagoons. Ecol. Res. 33: 1255-1274, doi: 10.1007/s11284-018-1643-8
  • Schernewski, G., M. Inácio and Y. Nazemtseva (2018). Expert based ecosystem service assessment in coastal and marine planning and management: A Baltic Lagoon case study. Front. Environ. Sci. 6: 19, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00019
  • Newton, A., Brito, A.C., Icely J.D., Derolez,V., Clara, I., Angus, S., Schernewski, G., Inácio, M., Lillebø, A.I., Sousa, A.I., Béjaoui, B.,Solidoro, C., Tosic, C., Cañedo-Argüelles, M., Yamamuro, M., Reizopoulou, S., Tseng, H.-C., Canu, D., Roselli, L., Maanan, M., Cristina, S., Ruiz-Fernández, A.C., Lima, R., Kjerfve, B., Rubio-Cisneros, N., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Marcos, C., Pastres, R., Pranovi, F., Snoussi, M., Turpie, J., Tuchkovenko, J., Dyack, B., Brookes, J., Povilanskas, R., Khokhlov, V. (2018). Assessing, quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services of coastal lagoons. Journal for Nature Conservation 44: 50-65,
  • Inácio, M., Schernewski, G., Nazemtseva Y., Paysen, P., Friedland, R.,  2017. Ecosystem Services Assessment of German Baltic Lagoons. In Ozhan E. (Editor),  Proceedings of the Thirteenth International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation, MEDCOAST 2017, 31 Oct – 04 Nov 2017, Mellieha, Malta, MEDCOAST, Mediterranean Coastal Foundation, Dalyan, Mugla, Turkey, vol1-2, 1266p.