The Baltic sea - ecology and natural resources 15 c

Program: Master programme in Biology
Level: Advanced level
Course code: 1BG507
Credits: 15 c
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The Baltic Sea is one of the most studied marine areas, but also one of the world's most polluted. More than 90 million people live in the catchment area. Water exchange with the surrounding maritime areas is slow and the brackish water also imposes strict requirements on the organisms that live there.

This course provides in-depth understanding of ecology, biodiversity and natural resources in the Baltic Sea. We study the effects of eutrophication, fisheries and climate change among other things. Laws and international agreements are presented and we discuss examples of constructive solutions to environmental problems within river basins, coastal areas and in the sea. Part of the course consists of a field course on Gotland, with practical exercises including species knowledge, biotope studies, sampling in different environments and experimental investigations.

For more information, please contact:
Bertil Widbom (