Baltic Health Index

Assessing the health of the Baltic Sea

New management tool to guide Baltic Sea region towards increased sustainability

The Baltic Sea is under considerable strain due to emissions and other pressures on the ecosystem. This in turn affects the social-ecological services it provides to the roughly 90 million people inhabiting the drainage area.

Amid a range of initiatives and programmes to improve the state of the Baltic Sea, few have been successful in incorporating the social, ecological and financial factors that all contribute to a new tool for decision-makers in the region. The tool, called The Baltic Health Index, is an 18-month regional assessment of the Sea's health and provides an integrated measure on how sustainable the oceans are managed by using available data from many different disciplines.

Here Centre researcher Torsten Blenckner and Julie Stewart from University of California explain the Baltic Health Index.

Related info

The project is funded by Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management, BEAM, a research programme on ecosystem-based management of the Baltic Sea, Baltic Eye and the Johansson Family Foundation.

Contact details

Project leader:
Thorsten Blenckner

Project manager:
Maria Schewenius

Lena Viktorsson

Science communicator:
Marie Löf


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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