BONUS BLUEWEBS- NOVELTY & THE BALTIC SEA
Hej Hej !
This is the first of many publications that will follow the evolution of my PhD work under the exciting BONUS project “Blue Growth boundaries in novel Baltic food webs” (BLUEWEBS, https://www.bonusportal.org/projects/blue_baltic_2017-2020/bluewebs). BLUEWEBS aims to define and assess the consequences of novelty for good environmental status and a blue growth of the Baltic Sea, and its capacity to produce goods and services.
My name is Yosr Ammar, I am a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. My background is engineering focusing on fisheries and the environment in the Mediterranean Sea. Today, I am very happy to discover a new ecosystem, the impressive brackish water ecosystem of the Baltic Sea. In fact, differences exist in the components of both ecosystems, but the phenomenon they endure are very similar.
The Baltic Sea is one of the most affected marine ecosystems by the global warming, overexploitation of fish resources and eutrophication. Many changes in the food webs due to changes in the abiotic conditions have been identified. These changes over time may have created novelty in the past and the present Baltic Sea ecosystem and there is a high chance that the novelty may increase in the future.
Understanding the development and evolution of novel ecosystems is very important for conservation and management purposes. In this context, the focus of my project will be on “Novelty”, in different perspective:
- Novelty in the past of the Baltic Sea ecosystem
- Novelty and the future of the Baltic Sea ecosystem
- Novelty and ecosystem services
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