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BAMBI : Baltic Sea marine biodiversity - addressing the potential of adaptation to climate change


The overall goal of the BAMBI research project is to assess and improve capacities of marine species to deal with the current challenge of a rapidly changing Baltic Sea environment. To reach this goal the potential of organisms to evolve new adaptations is explored as well as how management should be framed to support this.

Overall objectives of BAMBI are to answer these urgent questions:

  • Will species and ecosystems of marine origin adapt and survive the coming 50-100 years inside the Baltic Sea?
  • If so, what is needed in terms of population sizes, population connectivity and genetic variation?
  • What governance structures, policy instruments and management measures can mitigate losses of marine Baltic Sea species?

To answer these questions requires a strong multi-disciplinary research effort that generates new scientific results reaching beyond current state-of-the-art. In addition, it requires an operational science-policy interface and a strong end-user involvement.

BAMBI is producing a website about genetic diversity in the Baltic Sea (BaltGene, Baltic Sea Genetics for management) which communicates new scientific results on genetic biodiversity in the Baltic Sea directly to stakeholders.

Project information

University of Gothenburg (UGOT), Sweden

Estonia Marine Institute (EMI), University of Tartu, Estonia

Helmoltz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany

Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden

Stockholm University (USTO), Sweden

University of Turku (UTU), Finland

Source of funding
BAMBI has received funding from BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme, funded jointly from the European Union's Seventh Programme (FP/2007-2013) and from Baltic Sea national funding bodies

Reference information



Baltic Sea, Genetic biodiversity, Governance, Resilience


2014 – 2017

Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Vulnerability Assessment


Biodiversity, Coastal areas, Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization


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