Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Nurminen, Leena
Organisation HY
Project title Lakes in trouble: Understanding the effect of climate change on threatened ecosystem services of eutrophicated aquatic systems
Decision No. 256244
Decision date 28.10.2011
Funding period 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2014
Funding 179 749
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Project description
Clean fresh water is a key ecosystem service in survival of the human population. It is widely accepted that eutrophication is the most severe threat. Climate change entails changes in the nutrient and hydrologic cycles and temperature which may alter natural processes, and cause a severe threat on the vital ecosystem services. This project focuses on linking hydrologic, biological and biogeochemical changes with underlying climatological drivers in two geographically distinct but functionally relatively similar shallow systems, Lake Pyhäjärvi in Finland and Lake Taihu in China. The project has a holistic approach including paleolimnological and long-term monitoring data on the aquatic systems and modelling approaches on internal loading and nutrient dynamics in shallow lakes under different climate change scenarios. Key aim is to increase international knowledge, long–term collaboration and global problem-solving capacity on preserving and restoring ecosystem services worldwide.