Is our most valuable nature also our most endangered?

We did two exercises in the SEAmBOTH project. First, we used the MOSAIC tool to determine how valuable certain nature types or habitats are. The tool lets experts consider different aspects of the nature type, for example, how critical this environment is to a certain species’ specific events of life, like spawning, or if this … Continue reading Is our most valuable nature also our most endangered?

Identified as a significant marine area by UN convention

What does the northern Bothnian Bay have in common with for example the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion on the Indonesian archipelago? Not the corals, sharks or sea turtles but well enough the identification as EBSA areas (Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas). Or as stated on the EBSA website "special places in the world's oceans" (Photo … Continue reading Identified as a significant marine area by UN convention

Rare aquatic beetle found for first time in Sweden

The leaf beetle (Macroplea pubipennis) is an aquatic beetle which has only been known to exist in Finland and China - until now! During the SEAmBOTH inventories of shallow coastal areas, it was finally found here on the northern swedish coast as well. In Finland it has been categorized as "vulnerable" and listed as a … Continue reading Rare aquatic beetle found for first time in Sweden

SEAmBOTH in SDBday -satellite derived bathymetry technology and user forum

Even with ‘traditional’ mapping methods maintaining a crucial role in biological conservation, emerging new technologies enable us to work to a larger degree behind a computer screen. The increased quality and availability of satellite images is something that we are interested to utilize in SEAmBOTH. The plus side for satellite images is that they are … Continue reading SEAmBOTH in SDBday -satellite derived bathymetry technology and user forum

Filling gaps with making maps!

Can there be such a thing as a great and motivating workshop or an invigorating and positive meeting? Apparently yes, because that is exactly what we just experienced in the second SEAmBOTH project group meeting in Haparanda, Sweden. Project group members who took part in the meeting. Presenting our beautiful tube scarfs! I am a … Continue reading Filling gaps with making maps!

Looking back in time

Geologists like to look back in time. The SEAmBOTH study area underwent dramatic changes ca. 10 300 years ago, as the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet retreated from the area. The enormous weight of the ice sheet had pushed the Earth´s crust downwards creating a huge depression. The crust still balances itself, in the process called land uplift. … Continue reading Looking back in time