Climate change and ongoing transformation processes in economy
and agriculture will have strong and multiple impacts in the Baltic
region. In particular coastal zones face increasing hazards, e.g.
due to sea level rise or changes in riverine nutrient loads and
eutrophication. These changes also offer a wide range of new
opportunities in the Baltic Region. Adaptation measures are needed
but require a thorough and spatially differentiated understanding
of underlying ecological, economic and social processes.
Sixteen contributions by authors from eight countries give a
comprehensive overview of these changes, their consequences and
practical challenges with focus on coastal zones. Besides risks,
the chances and opportunities of changes for the region are
addressed and adaptation examples and strategies are given. The
practitioners perspective and their demands are integrated in the
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