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Book launch at ECCA 2015

The new book, “Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin”, will be launched at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference ECCA 2015 in Copenhagen in May 2015.

2015.05.05 | Janne Hansen

A new book that provides an overview of climate change and the Baltic Sea region will be launched at a conference about climate change adaptation to be held in Copenhagen in May 2015. Photo: Colourbox

An update of the first assessment from the Baltic Sea Experiment (BALTEX) on climate change for the Baltic Sea basin (BACC) will be launched at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference ECCA 2015 to be held in Copenhagen 12-14 May 2015.


The actual launch of the book “Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin”

will take place on 14 May in the session “Adapting the Baltic Sea region to a changing climate” under the topic “Regional Challenges and Opportunities”.


The new book assembles, integrates and assesses available knowledge of past, current, and expected future climate change and its impacts on ecosystems in the Baltic Sea basin. The book is an update of the one published by BACC in 2008.


It offers new and updated scientific findings in regional climate research for the Baltic Sea basin. These include climate changes since the last glaciation (approx. 12,000 years ago), changes in the recent past (the last 200 years), climate projections up until 2100 using state-of-the-art regional climate models and an assessment of climate-change impacts on terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. There are dedicated new chapters on sea-level rise, coastal erosion and impacts on urban areas. A new set of chapters deals with possible causes of regional climate change along with the global effects of increased greenhouse gas concentrations, namely atmospheric aerosols and land-cover change.


The evidence collected and presented in this book shows that the regional climate has already started to change and this is expected to continue. Projections of potential future climates show that the region will probably become considerably warmer and wetter in some parts, but dryer in others. Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems have already shown adjustments to increased temperatures and are expected to undergo further changes in the near future.


The BACC II Author Team consists of 141 scientists from 12 countries, covering various disciplines related to climate research and related impacts. BACC II is a project of the Baltic Earth research network and contributes to the World Climate Research Programme.


Find more information on the book or purchase it


Read more about the BALTEX Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin (BACC) here.


For more information please contact:


Research professor, Head of section Ole Hertel, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, e-mail: oh@envs.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 8514, mobile: +453018 3114 (regarding the new book)




The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference – ECCA 2015 – takes place on 12-14 May 2015 at the Bella Centre, Copenhagen. The conference is a joint initiative involving three research projects financed via the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) – BASE, RAMSES and ToPDAd – in collaboration with the European Commission. Under the theme ‘Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business’, ECCA provides a unique platform for discussing the latest knowledge of climate change adaptation and the relevance of this knowledge for politics, business and society.

For more information, please see

Website: www.ecca2015.eu

Twitter: @ECCA15 / #ECCA15






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