Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck had great foresight in their choice to support Baltic Sea related basic research. The significance of marine research and its social relevance have increased with the growing interest in the environmental issues of the Baltic Sea. Presently the focus of research is in questions related to understanding functional biodiversity, biogeochemistry and long-term changes in the marine environment in relation to eutrophication and climate change. An important part of the work is through modelling and synthesis, which is based on long-term data and summarizes information on the structure and function of food webs. Nottbeck foundation prioritizes Tvärminne-based research that contributes to understanding the complexity of marine ecosystem structure and function.
New research initiative
Walter and Andrèe de Nottbeck Foundation has had a crucial role in supporting marine research at Tvärminne Zoological Station since the foundation was established 50 years ago. Now we want to help create prerequisites for new groundbreaking interdisciplinary research at Tvärminne. The idea is to integrate research in marine ecological, biogeochemical and atmospheric processes in order to increase our understanding on interactions between biodiversity and climate. The goal is to facilitate the establishment of an interdisciplinary Centre for coastal ecosystem and climate research.
In order to succeed, it is necessary to acquire new infrastructure and new personnel for measuring the greenhouse gases both in the sea and in the atmosphere. At the same time, it is necessary to build up the capacity to connect these measurements with the changes in the sea.