, Volume 39, Issue 7, pp 524–527 | Cite as

Reviewing the History of Natural Sciences Research on the Bothnian Sea, 1975–2008

  • Reetta Saikku
  • Minna Alhosalo
  • Sari Repka
  • Anne Erkkilä
The Bothnian Sea is a shallow body of brackish water and part of the northern-most limb of the Baltic (Fig.  1). With salinity averaging 5–6 per mille, a ragged coastline, and slow sedimentation rates (Voipio 1981; Granö et al. 1999), it forms its own unique environment. The Åland Islands and the shape of the seabed prevent the nutrient-rich bottom water from Baltic proper from flowing into the Bothnian Sea. This constitutes the main reason why eutrophication has not yet become a major problem here. However, the situation is now beginning to change as a result of nutrient-rich water draining into the Bothnian Sea from the many Swedish and Finnish rivers (Lundberg et al. 2009). While the Bothnian Sea is an economically important region with the majority of herring in the Baltic being caught here (Parmanne 1998), it has generally not been the focus of much scientific effort and the reason for this could be its rather good condition. The same is true for monitoring as there are fewer...


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This study was conducted at the University of Turku Centre for Maritime Studies Pori Unit as part of the natural sciences environmental research development project of the coastal region of Satakunta (Luonnontieteellisen ympäristötutkimuksen kehittäminen Satakunnassa, LYKS). This project is funded by the Regional Council of Satakunta, the University of Turku and the City of Pori.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reetta Saikku
    • 1
  • Minna Alhosalo
    • 1
  • Sari Repka
    • 1
  • Anne Erkkilä
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Maritime Studies, Pori UnitUniversity of TurkuPoriFinland

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