Within ADRIENNE we analyse how alternative human uses may affect diversity, functioning and services ecosystems provide in the Gulf of Finland. By comparing different planning scenarios we help finding new ways to mitigate risks of intensified human uses and to assure the sustainability of the marine environment.


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The idea to assess cumulative impacts of human use on the natural environment in the Gulf of Finland is linked to increasing maritime activities and undermanaged coastal resources – now threatening the sustainability of the marine environment and maritime-based economies. Rapidly growing demand for shipping, fisheries, energy sector and aquaculture provide some relevant examples of human pressures.

Within ADRIENNE, we will combine novel spatial modelling of species, habitats and fishery-related ecosystem services with expert-based assessment of interactive effects of human uses on natural environment. All information will be gathered and summarized in a publicly accessible geospatial portal (GIS). Created portal has a capability to assess interactive responses of various human-induced stressors on the Gulf of Finland ecosystem under different nutrient concentrations and climate change scenarios. Designed web portal will be a state-of-the-art tool built on harmonization of big data, machine learning and scientific expertise.

Ultimately, the project will target limitations of within current maritime spatial planning and resource management. The improved biodiversity of joint natural assets will be achieved by quantifying and accounting for the benefits of natural capital, increasing awareness for environmental protection and smart planning. By ensuring an effective transboundary engagement of key stakeholders through all our activities, the project fosters multidisciplinary co-operation and communication.

Leading partners:
Estonian Marine Institute (EMI), University of Tartu (UTartu), project coordinator Jonne Kotta jonne.kotta@sea.ee

Adrienne 2023

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