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Reference chemical conditions for the Baltic Sea and its catchment with respect to nutrient and especially DSi concentrations over the last century

The overall result is the development of an extended data base on nutrient and especially DSi concentrations both for the Baltic Sea (6 basins) and its catchments (106 watersheds) for the entire XXth century.

That provides the decision makers with information that can be used to assess the background or reference conditions, the degree of past and present departure from these conditions, and to predict the likely recovery of these systems at reduced nutrient loads. That facilitates appropriate policy and management measures which can be taken both at the European and national scales. As the determination of background conditions is an integral part of the EU legislation the Water Framework Directive (WFD), this result will have an immediate and relevant impact upon implementation of the WFD.

The data base is still under development, and it will freely be available to the management authorities at the end of the project.

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Dept. of Applied Environmental Science
SE-10691 Stockholm
10691 Stockholm
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