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Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin

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  • Provides an up-to-date regional assessment of climate change in the Baltic Sea basin
  • Treats atmospheric, hydrological, oceanographic, biogeochemical, ecosystem and societal changes now and in the future
  • Comprehensive reference and text book for professional and academic use

Part of the book series: Regional Climate Studies (REGCLIMATE)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Long-term Climate Change

  2. Recent Climate Change (Past 200 Years)

  3. Future Climate Change

  4. Environmental Impacts of Climate Change


About this book

​This book is an update of the first BACC assessment, published in 2008. It offers new and updated scientific findings in regional climate research for the Baltic Sea basin. These include climate changes since the last glaciation (approx. 12,000 years ago), changes in the recent past (the last 200 years), climate projections up until 2100 using state-of-the-art regional climate models and an assessment of climate-change impacts on terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. There are dedicated new chapters on sea-level rise, coastal erosion and impacts on urban areas. A new set of chapters deals with possible causes of regional climate change along with the global effects of increased greenhouse gas concentrations, namely atmospheric aerosols and land-cover change.

The evidence collected and presented in this book shows that the regional climate has already started to change and this is expected to continue. Projections of potential future climates show that the region will probably become considerably warmer and wetter in some parts, but dryer in others. Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems have already shown adjustments to increased temperatures and are expected to undergo further changes in the near future.

The BACC II Author Team consists of 141 scientists from 12 countries, covering various disciplines related to climate research and related impacts. BACC II is a project of the Baltic Earth research network and contributes to the World Climate Research Programme.

Editors and Affiliations

  • c/o International Baltic Earth Secretariat Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Geesthacht, Germany

    The BACC II Author Team

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin

  • Editors: The BACC II Author Team

  • Series Title: Regional Climate Studies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-16005-4Published: 20 April 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36883-2Published: 08 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-16006-1Published: 03 April 2015

  • Series ISSN: 1862-0248

  • Series E-ISSN: 1865-505X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVIII, 501

  • Number of Illustrations: 58 b/w illustrations, 174 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Earth System Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences

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