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Focus Hanöbukten

To understand how the Baltic Sea, and in particular the Hanöbukten Bay area, is affected by different environmental factors we collaborate with Marint centrum in Simrishamn to put focus on disturbed ecosystems, wastewater treatment plants, sediments, climate change, the impact of environmental pollution, and coastal towns.

A harbour with boats under a cloudy sky. Photo.

The initiative engages researchers from several different subject areas, local municipalities, and regional and national stakeholder organizations.

The environment in the Baltic Sea has changed radically over the past century. Both coastal and sea environments are affected by disrupted ecosystems, overfishing, climate change, discharge of wastewater, leakage of nutrients, algal blooms, ship traffic and pollution. Concrete measures that can improve the situation and contribute to healthier seas and more sustainable environments in the region require more interdisciplinary research that can provide new knowledge about how various factors contribute to observed problems. In collaboration with national, regional and local actors, we want to perform and facilitate research that contributes to long-term solutions, which could improve the situation and benefit the Baltic Sea and Hanöbukten Bay area.

Within this initiative, we carry out research on the invasive species round goby, impact of PFAS on natural species, microplastics in marine mammals, wastewater and circular water solutions, and fishing harbours.

The research and the research environment is supported by Region Skåne, the LMK foundation and Formas.

Marint centrum (in Swedish) | Simrishamn municipality

Red brick buildings in Simrishamn. Photo.

About the project

Project leader
Maria C. Hansson
E-mail: maria [dot] hansson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (maria[dot]hansson[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)

Region Skåne, Regionala utvecklingsnämnden

Involved researchers