Nordic Network for Baltic Sea Remote Sensing (NordBaltRemS)

The NordBaltRemS network functions as an umbrella research school for MSc and PhD students and young researchers in marine remote sensing, and as a discussion forum for researcher and other experts in the field.

With increasing requirements for the European Commission Water Framework Directive, monitoring of coastal areas is in the focus of research as well as related industries. Remote sensing is of special interest, as large areas can be sampled at once, beyond country borders and even automatically.

The Baltic Sea is highly polluted and is especially vulnerable to environmental changes. Issues that are particularly important in the Baltic Sea are monitoring of harmful algal blooms, and monitoring of snow and ice, necessary for safe travelling on ice. Remote sensing of the Baltic Sea is a challenge, as it is very heterogenic, contains large amounts of humic substances and often has a low solar angle. However, it has been shown that with dedicated and locally calibrated algorithms the remote sensing data can be used for monitoring. This requires well educated researchers and intense co-operation between all countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

In all Baltic Sea countries remote sensing research is carried out, some of them being world leading groups. However, most groups are relatively small and it is not feasible to organise courses at each university separately.

The aims of the NordBaltRemS are:

  1. Improving remote sensing of the Baltic Sea, by sharing expertise , for example at workshops at which scientific results and applications can be discussed
  2. Setting up hands-on and theoretical courses in all subjects relevant for Baltic Sea remote sensing research
  3. Creating possibilities for exchange visits, which provide students with the opportunity to work in one of the partner institutes for a short time to use dedicated equipment or learn specialised methods
  4. Intensify co-operation in the Nordic and Baltic region, including scientists, users (such as governmental institutes) and providers (small/medium enterprises). Except for adding to the theoretical knowledge and professional experience, this is will broaden the view of the involved partners.

Scientific Publications

Data source: Crossref. The list should not be assumed to represent the complete published research output of the project.

Development of under-ice stratification in Himmerfjärden bay, North-Western Baltic proper, and their effect on the phytoplankton spring bloom

Journal Article published 2018-10-01 in Journal of Marine Systems volume 186
Research funded by Swedish National Space Board | NordForsk | Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas
Authors: Elina Kari, Ioanna Merkouriadi, Jakob Walve, Matti Leppäranta, Susanne Kratzer.

Using MERIS data to assess the spatial and temporal variability of phytoplankton in coastal areas

Journal Article published 2016-11-03 in International Journal of Remote Sensing volume 38 issue 7
Research funded by European Space Agency | NordForsk | Seventh Framework Programme | Swedish National Space Agency
Authors: J.M. Beltrán-Abaunza, S. Kratzer, H. Höglander.

Retrieval of suspended particulate matter from turbidity – model development, validation, and application to MERIS data over the Baltic Sea

Journal Article published 2016-09-26 in International Journal of Remote Sensing volume 38 issue 7
Research funded by European Space Agency | NordForsk | Seventh Framework Programme | Swedish National Space Agency | Vetenskapsrådet | Swedish marine strategic project ‘Baltic Sea Adaptive Management’ (BEAM) | BONUS program (Art. 185)
Authors: Elina Kari, Susanne Kratzer, José M. Beltrán-Abaunza, E. Therese Harvey, Diana Vaičiūtė.
Facts about the project

Project number: 42041

Project leader

Susanne Kratzer, Stockholm University, Sweden