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3rd Baltic Earth Conference
Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts
Jastarnia, Hel peninsula, Poland
1 - 5 June 2020



Call for Papers: A "Research Topic" on the conference theme has been installed in "Frontiers in Earth Science", so you are invited to submit a paper...

Thank you to the about 130 participants (of which about a third were Young Scientists) for a great conference!

Best Student Oral and Poster Award for Ina Teutsch from Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Mirjam Randla from University of Tartu

Aftermath webpage with session summaries and links to presentations in preparation and online soon…

Young scientists side event ...

Programme now online here...


Baltic Earth strives to achieve an improved Earth System understanding of the Baltic Sea region as the basis for science-based management in the face of climatic, environmental and human impact in the region. Baltic Earth brings together a broad international research community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the region. Baltic Earth targets the atmosphere, land and marine environment of the Baltic Sea, its drainage basin and nearby areas with relevance for the Baltic Sea region.

The conference will cover all themes and topics of Baltic Earth, in particular highlighting the Baltic Earth Grand Challenges as defined by the Baltic Earth Science Plan.The grand topic of the conference „The Baltic Sea region in transition“ refers to transition processes in the Baltic Sea and its catchment basin, as well as in the regional climatic and socio-economic system. In addition to this, we invite contributions which are related to processes in the transition area between the Baltic the North Sea regions, e.g. oceanographic in- and outflow events and associated consequences for Baltic Sea biogeochemistry, ecology and human uses, specific conditions of the Belts and Sounds area including human pressures like eutrophication and shipping, regional sea level rise as well as similarities and differences in the BACC and NOSCCA climate change assessments.

Conference topics

Baltic Earth focuses on specific interdisciplinary research challenges formulated by the Baltic Earth Science Steering Group. Additional topics are treated by dedicated Working Groups. Conference topics are based on these challenges:

  • Salinity dynamics - Observation and modelling of saltwater inflows and other processes like advection, diffusion and dilution of saltwater, relating to the salinity conditions in the Baltic Sea.
  • Land-Sea-Atmosphere biogeochemical feedbacks - Investigations on the marine and terrestrial carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles and pathways towards an understanding of primary production mechanisms and organic matter transformations in the Baltic Sea; biogeochemical causes and effects of eutrophication and oxygen limitations, trace gases dynamics.
  • Natural hazards and high impact events - Observations, analysis and modelling of high impact events in the Baltic Sea region; frequency and strength of storm surges and waves, flooding due to extreme precipitation events or droughts; prediction systems, probabilistic estimates and attribution analyses.
  • Sea level dynamics, coastal morphology and erosion - Variability and change of sea level, waves, currents, seiches, variations in wind and sea level pressure, river runoff, effects of sea ice, inflows, thermosteric effects, land uplift/subsidence and sediment accumulation/coastal changes. Projections of future sea level rise, observed and projected long-term trends and multi-decadal variations.
  • Regional variability of water and energy exchanges - Observation, analysis and modelling of the regional water cycle; precipitation, evaporation, river runoff; hydrological and atmospheric exchange processes; analysis of the natural variability of energy and water components; cloud-aerosol-feedback mechanisms, cloud and atmospheric boundary layer processes; hind- and forecast short- and long-term water and energy exchanges of the past and future.
  • Multiple drivers of regional Earth system changes - Interactions between anthropogenic forcings like eutrophication, pollution, fisheries, hydrographic engineering, agricultural and forestry practices and land cover change with natual forcings; analysis and application of coupled Earth system models capturing interactions between atmospheric, marine and land compartments/processes, as well as responses to anthropogenic forcings; regional detection and attribution efforts.
  • Regional climate system modelling - Recent progress in the understanding of regional climate variability with special focus on coupled effects between sea, atmosphere, land and anthroposphere.
  • Other regional seas - We welcome contributions related to any of the above outlined topics, from similar sea and coastal regions around the world, e.g. the North Sea, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, or the Bo Hai and Huang Hai areas, and others.

Contributions related to any of these scientific fields are welcome. In addition, invited and contributed papers will be presented along with parallel poster sessions. The conference is also intended as discussion forum for scientists, managers and other stakeholders. Conference language is English.

Young scientists side event

For registered participants qualifying as "Young Scientists" accoring to our definition (undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who has received his or her highest degree within the past 5 years) can participate in two Young Scientists Events at the conference.

1. Scientifc Speed Dating followed by a Barbeque (sponsored by DMI).
2. Career talk: A high-level, renown scientist with experience and reputaion in the science business, and a scientist who drifted into science mangement away from the proper science, talk about their careers and the decisions that had to be taken, followed by Q&As.

Both are only open to Young Scientists. Free time for the oldies.



First Announcent Flyer
2nd Announcement and Call for Papers
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