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BASMATI: BONUS BASMATI - Nachhaltige Ökosystemdienstleistungen durch Meeresraumordnung in der Ostsee

01.07.2017 - 30.09.2020
Project coordinated by:
Aalborg University
Project manager (IOW):
Dr. Kerstin Schiele

BASMATI focuses on establishing an innovative decision support system that can facilitate between different actors and stakeholders in MSP and at all stages of the planning process. This involves elements such as data discovery and exchange, integrative analyses related to the ecosystem approach and interactive stakeholder involvement. The specific project part "Data for Maritime Spatial Planning" will take care of supplying relevant data for MSP processes such as data on ecosystem services and human activities in the Baltic Sea. First we discuss requirements for suitable data and include stakeholders, practitioners and MSP agencies to develop standards regarding data properties. Available data will be tested and consequences for the confidence of spatial plans evaluated. Scenario-data will also be included in the process. In a case-study in the southern Baltic Sea, zoning for mariculture willl be investigated. This includes how this interacts with other spatially explicit human activities, effects on coastal ecosystem services as well as potential effects on regulating and supporting ecosystem services, such as filtration capacity and nutrient regulation by sediments.


  • Frederiksen, P., A. Morf, M. von Thenen, A. Armoskaite, H. Luhtala, K. S. Schiele, S. Strake and H. S. Hansen (2021). Proposing an ecosystem services-based framework to assess sustainability impacts of maritime spatial plans (MSP-SA). Ocean Coastal Manage. 208: 105577, doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105577
  • Pinkau, A. and K. S. Schiele (2021). Strategic Environmental Assessment in marine spatial planning of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea - An implementation tool for an ecosystem-based approach? Mar. Policy 130: 104547, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104547
  • Thenen, M. v., H. S. Hansen and K. S. Schiele (2021). A generalised marine planning framework for site selection based on ecosystem services. Mar. Policy 124: 104326, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104326
  • Thenen, M. v., H. S. Hansen and K. S. Schiele (2020). SPACEA: A custom-made gis toolbox for basic Marine Spatial Planning analyses. In: Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2020. Ed. by O. Gervasi, B. Murgante, S. Misra, C. Garau, I. Blečić, D. Taniar, B. O. Apduhan, A. M. A. C. Rocha, E. Tarantino, C. M. Torre and Y. Karaca. Cham: Springer International Publishing (Lecture Notes in Computer Science): 394-404, 978-3-030-58811-3, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-58811-3_28
  • Thenen, M. v., M. Maar, H. S. Hansen, R. Friedland and K. S. Schiele (2020). Applying a combined geospatial and farm scale model to identify suitable locations for mussel farming. Mar. Poll. Bull. 156: 111254, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111254
  • Maar, M., J. Larsen, M. v. Thenen and K. Dahl (2020). Site selection of mussel mitigation cultures in relation to efficient nutrient compensation of fish farming. Aquac. Environ. Interact. 12: 339-358, doi: 10.3354/aei00361
  • Holzhüter, W., H. Luhtala, H. S. Hansen and K. Schiele (2019). Lost in space and time? A conceptual framework to harmonise data for marine spatial planning. IJSDIR 14: 108-132, doi: 10.2902/1725-0463.2019.14.art05
  • Thenen, M. v., P. Frederiksen, H. S. Hansen and K. S. Schiele (2020). A structured indicator pool to operationalize expert-based ecosystem service assessments for marine spatial planning. Ocean Coastal Manage. 187: 105071, doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.105071
  • Holzhueter, W., Schartmann, H., Hansen, H.S., Aigars, J., Schiele, K., FS, Report on likely future scenarios that need to be considered in planning options/alternatives. BONUS BASMATI Deliverable 3.3, December 2019,
  • Holzhüter, W.; Schiele, K; von Thenen, M.; Maack, L.; Luhtala, H.; Viška, M.; Strāķe, S.: Database including spatial data on ecosystem services and (anthropogenic) pressures. BONUS BASMATI Deliverable 3.2, June 2019,
  • Schiele, K., Holzhüter, W., von Thenen, M., Luhtala, H., Strāķe, S., Viška, M., Pakalniete, K., Koski, C., Morf, A.: Requirements for data to be used in marine spatial planning. BONUS BASMATI Deliverable 3.1, August 2018,