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Evaluation of Trends and Changes in the Gulf of Gdansk Ecosystem-an Integrated Approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre.
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2016 (English)In: Estuaries and Coasts, ISSN 1559-2723, E-ISSN 1559-2731, Vol. 39, no 3, 593-604 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An integrated trend assessment was conducted for the Gulf of GdaAsk (GoG), Baltic Sea for the period 1994-2010 to describe changes and potentially important drivers of the ecosystem. We found changes in the biota, including an increase in open sea taxa (flatfish, sprat and cod), a decrease in typical coastal species such as eelpout and lumpfish and an increase in primary production. The analyses further suggest that changes in the food web were driven by a combination of anthropogenic pressures (e.g., nutrient loadings and fisheries) and possible interactions with climatic disturbance. Our analyses show that significant changes occurred in the GoG ecosystem between 1994 and 2010. The primary drivers and mechanisms of these changes are discussed. We describe this alteration of the GoG within the context of similar temporal patterns identified in adjacent areas.

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2016. Vol. 39, no 3, 593-604 p.
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Gulf of Gdansk, Ecosystem change, Integrated trend assessment
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130160DOI: 10.1007/s12237-015-0026-4ISI: 000373360500001OAI: diva2:927597
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-12Bibliographically approved

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