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Baltic Earth

7th Study Conference
Öland, Sweden
10 - 14 June 2013

Conference on Climate Change in the Southern Baltic region
Szczecin, 12-15 May 2014

21st Century Challenges in Regional Climate Modelling
Lund, 16-19 June 2014


BALTEX Science Steering Group (BSSG)

As of BSSG Meeting #30 on 9 June 2013 in Öland, Sweden, the BALTEX Science Steering Group is dissolved.
Baltic Earth
is the name of the programme which is to succeed BALTEX from June 2013.
Members of the Baltic Earth Interim Science Steering Group (ISSG)

BALTEX is led and managed by the BALTEX Science Steering Group. The steering group has the responsibility to organize and maintain the programme efficiently and in accordance with the general structures of GEWEX and other projects within the WCRP and ESSP.

SInce its foundation in 1994, 48 scientists have served as members of the BALTEX SSG, including its former chairs and co-chairs L. Bengtsson, H. Graßl, E. Raschke and Z. Kaczmarek. For a list of former BSSG members click here.

Members of the BALTEX Science Steering Group
(as of September 2011 until June 2013)

BSSG members to resign as of September 2010: Hermanni Kaartikallio

New members to the BSSG as of September 2011: Kai Myrberg, Martin Stendel
Membership changes as of September 2011: Sirje Keevallik was approved as third Co-Chairperson of the BSSG.

Joakim Langner, BSSG Chairman from 24 May 2006, resigned from the chairmanship on 15 June 2011.
The BSSG and the BALTEX Secretariat wishes to thank Joakim for his commitment and cooperative leadership


Anders Omstedt (Co-Chair)
University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
Areas of interest:
Water and energy cycles in a changing climate, past present and future climate, Baltic Sea oceanography including interaction between physical, chemical and biological processes, ocean acidification, lake and ocean modelling.


Hans von Storch (Co-Chair)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Geesthacht, Germany
Areas of interest:
Climate diagnostics and statistical climatology, specifically detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change, variability and change in storminess and related marine variables (storm surges, ocean waves), regional climate change; use of paleo proxy data to study climate variability and change, transdisciplinary context.


Sirje Keevallik (Co-Chair)
Marine Systems Institute at TUT
Tallinn, Estonia
Areas of interest:
Wind regime, regional climate change.



Mikko Alestalo
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Helsinki, Finland
Areas of interest:
Climate variability and climate change, numerical weather prediction, public relations.


Berit Arheimer
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Norrköping, Sweden
Areas of interest:
Hydrology incl. forecast improvement, climate change impact studies, water quality and participatory processes.


Franz Berger
Meteorologisches Observatorium Lindenberg - Richard-Aßmann-Observatorium

German Weather Service
Tauche, Germany
Areas of interest:
Atmospheric observation of regional and local water and energy cycle components and related atmospheric processes making use of three dimensional surface based and satellite observation techniques; data analysis for model evaluation, climate monitoring and satellite product validation.


Ryhor Chekan
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus
Minsk, Belarus
Areas of interest:
Hydrology; organization and realization of the hydrological observation on the rivers and lakes of the Republic of Belarus ; monitoring  of the  surface waters of the Republic of Belarus .


Jüri Elken
Marine Systems Institute at TUT
Tallinn, Estonia
Areas of interest:
Oceanography: circulation and water masses, mesoscale processes, numerical modelling.


Sven-Erik Gryning
Risø DTU
National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy
Risø, Denmark
Areas of interest:
Boundary-layer meteorology over inhomogeneous terrain, wind profile, flux aggregation, exchange processes land/sea-atmosphere, meteorological measurements and experiments.


Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
Research Centre of Agriculture and Forest Environment
Department of Climate and Water Resources
Polish Academy of Sciences
Poznan, Poland

Areas of interest:
Hydrology, water management, climate change and extreme events


Joakim Langner
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Norrköping, Sweden
Areas of interest:
Atmospheric transport/ chemistry/ deposition modelling. Interplay between meteorological variability (both natural and climate change induced) and air pollution/deposition on the regional scale. Modelling of aerosol size, composition and number on urban to regional scales.


Michael Lautenschlager
Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, Datenmanagement
Areas of interest:
Scientific data management with emphasis on Earth system model data; networking between geographically distributed data archives; interdisciplinary data utilisation of data from Earth system research.


Andreas Lehmann
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Kiel, Germany
Areas of interest:
Physical Oceanography, modelling


Kai Myrberg
Finnish Environment Institute
Areas of interest:
3D marine modeling (especially physics), process studies (upwelling, vertical turbulence), smart use of currents for marine safety issues


Janusz Pempkowiak
Institute of Oceanology
Polish Academy of Sciences
Sopot, Poland
Areas of interest:
Cycling of carbon in the Baltic Sea (concentrations in the ecosystem elements, fluxes to/from sediments, fluxes to/from the North Sea; climate influence on the above); geochemistry of mercury in the Baltic Sea, especially speciation changes in the zones of sea-water density gradients.


Bernd Schneider
Baltic Sea Research Institute
Warnemünde, Germany
Areas of interest:
Marine CO2 system in relation to the Baltic Sea biogeochemistry, gas exchange dynamics, physico-chemical properties of the sea surface microlayer.


Benjamin Smith
Lund University
Lund, Sweden
Areas of interest:
Ecology and ecological modelling, primarily terrestrial ecosystem functioning and responses to global environmental change, with a particular focus on the role of population and community processes in ecosystem dynamics.


Martin Stendel
Danish Climate Centre
Danish Meteorological Institute
Areas of interest:
Regional Climate Modelling


Tapani Stipa
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Helsinki, Finland
Areas of interest:
Multidisciplinary marine research; numerical models; operational oceanography


Valery Vuglinsky
State Hydrological Institute
St. Petersburg, Russia
Areas of interest:




Marcus Reckermann
Hans-Jörg Isemer
International BALTEX Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

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