BALTEX: The Baltic Sea Experiment

 The 7th Study Conference on BALTEX will summarize 20 years of interdisciplinary BALTEX research in the Baltic Sea basin and will present perspectives for future research. The conference title is two-fold: “Changes in energy, water and matter cycles” summarizes the scope of BALTEX research in the last 20 years; „Building regional Earth System knowledge“ stands for the scientific vision of the new programme which will inherit and further develop the BALTEX research network and scientific legacy.

The main focus of BALTEX Phase I (1992–2003) was to explore and model the various mechanisms determining the space and time variability of energy and water budgets of the Baltic Sea drainage basin and the interactions with surrounding regions. In BALTEX Phase II (2003-2012), the scope was broadened to include research on regional climate change and biogeochemical fluxes in a changing environment.

Major achievements of the past 20 years as well as latest research results from the open call for papers will be presented along with prospects and visions for the future regional Earth system research programme for the Baltic Sea basin.