The eight-year (1999—2006) research programme MARE - MArine Research on Eutrophication - a scientific base for cost-effective measures for the Baltic Sea - funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, MISTRA, was aimed at decision-makers working on Baltic Sea environmental issues.
In the programme, a user-friendly decision support system (Baltic Nest) has been developed. It demonstrates what could be a cost-effective distribution of the measures needed in order to achieve a desired environmental quality in the Baltic Sea. By changing various parameters in the system, the user can create different scenarios of possible options in different parts of the Baltic Sea region.
When MARE ended in 2006, the Baltic Nest model continued to be maintained and developed within the Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) in Sweden and Denmark. In 2011, Finland joined the research consortium and the Baltic Nest institute can thus be found in Sweden, Denmark and Finland. In Sweden it is placed at Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, in Denmark at the University of Aarhus, and in Finland at the Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE.
Read more about the MARE project.