The Baltic Sea Basin: Introduction
The Baltic Sea Basin serves as an example of a region where the use of natural resources and the need of environmental protection require a comprehensive and holistic approach in terms of geosciences, environmental sciences, and socio-economics. In this book, authors from countries around the Baltic Sea and overseas shed light on the Baltic Sea Basin with respect to (1) the formation of the Baltic Basin and its geological resources, (2) the stratigraphic record – mirror of climatic changes during the last glacial cycle, (3) coastal processes and sediment dynamics including aspects of coastal engineering, (4) interaction between socio-economic driving forces and the natural environment since the prehistoric colonization, (5) management of the marine ecosystem, and (6) monitoring strategies, respectively remote sensing. The editors intend not only to provide a record of the current state of the art in the investigation of the Baltic Sea Basin, but also to initiate innovative interdisciplinary and international research activities.
KeywordsBaltic basin Geology Tectonics Climate history Sea level change Coastal dynamics Socio-economy Archaeology Coastal zone management Anthropogenic impact Monitoring Remote sensing
At least two peer reviewers have reviewed each paper. Here, we express our thanks to their valuable critics and advise for revisions to the authors. The reviewers who have agreed to be identified are Ole Bennike, Mikael Berglund, Reinhard Dietrich, Martin Ekman, Berit Eriksen, Rimante Guobyte, Algimantas Grigelis, Matthias Hauff, William W. Hay, Heiko Hüneke, Antoon Kuijpers, Thomas Leipe, Robert Mokrik, Ralf Otto Niedermeyer, Renate Pilkaityte, Werner Stackebrandt, Szymon Uscinowicz, Boris Winterhalter, Andrzej Witkowski, and Lovisa Zillen.
We thank Dr. Teresa Radziejewska for her help in linguistic improvement of some of the papers.
Michal Tomczak provided valuable assistance in the production of this volume; we are greatly indebted to him for his efforts.
We also acknowledge the support of the Springer Publishing House in the production of this book.
This book is addressed to professionals and students in the geosciences, the social sciences, economics, and coastal engineering, and decision makers in management of marine systems. The book shall not only summarize the state of the art in the investigation of the Baltic Sea basin but also raise the community’s awareness of new interdisciplinary challenges and initiate discussion about innovative research projects, establishment of international research laboratories, and monitoring strategies including technical devise design.
During the work on this book, one of the authors, Prof. Dr. Terry Healy, Hamilton, New Zealand, has passed away on July 20, 2010. Born on November 28, 1944, he has left the international stage of science much too early. We, his colleagues and friends, will keep the remembrance of an outstanding scientist and above all a wonderful person.