Nordic Seagrass Network (NSN)

This network focuses on seagrass meadows - one of the most common, productive and diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

Seagrass meadows are globally one of the most important marine ecosystems. 20% of the seagrasses are lost in 10 years due to human activities and there is a large demand of joint efforts if we are to understand and protect seagrasses.

The Nordic countries have research traditions dating back to 1870, and also have some of the most extensive data sets and the longest time series on Zostera marina (eelgrass). They represent different, but highly complementary research traditions and expertise on the field.

The research has mostly been conducted at national level, and Nordic seagrass ecology suffers from lack of attention in the educational system. This situation constitutes a major bottleneck for successful development of seagrass research in the region.

The goals of the Nordic Seagrass Network (NSN) are to:

  1. increase our understanding of seagrass ecosystems in a larger context
  2. facilitate exchange of ideas and methodologies
  3. improve the quantity and quality of research training
  4. stimulate co-operation that aid in solving complex ecological problems.

NSN will organise workshops and a PhD-course in seagrass ecology, publish scientific papers and popular articles.

The network provides a platform for concerted research, teaching and student exchange and produces scientific results to contribute to our understanding, and thus management of coastal waters on regional and global scales.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Christoffer Boström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland