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Ocean Health Index for the Baltic

BHI 2.0

As of January of 2019, we began working on our second Baltic Health Index assessment! We will be building on the earlier goal models, making improvements where possible, and including new datasets where relevant. We hope also to be able to conduct scenario testing and sensitivity analysis, create features for interactive data exploration/presentation, and assess interconnectivity of goals.

Explore the BHI on GitHub:
Data preparation Functions for calculating Status and Trend
Video about following BHI progress in GitHub

BHI regions

Our region of focus is the Baltic Sea. The BHI regions are based upon Baltic Sea basins used in the HELCOM HOLAS assessement and the exclusive economic zones of the nations surrounding the Baltic Sea. Each of the 42 BHI regions belongs to a single bio-physcial basin and is associated with a single nation. The map below shows the 42 regions used in the assessment.

Learn more about the Baltic Health Index

BHI at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
Ocean Health Index
Ocean Health Index Science

The Ocean Health Index framework

Oceans in general provide a diverse array of benefits to humans. Managing for such a broad range of benefits requires a method of measurement that is both comprehensive and quantitative. Establishing such a method was the motivation behind the development of the Ocean Health Index.

Trade-offs and linkages between the different benefits, a sparsity of data about the detailed goings-on in the oceans' depths, and conflicting views on what constitutes responsible resource use makes sustainable management a big task, especially when optimal management requires assessments to be made regularly so trends can be identified and effectiveness of management strategies can be analyzed. Borrowing tools and workflows application development and business analytics, we aim to make our work not only reproducible and transparent, but more time-efficient with each iteration (read more about this: Better Science in Less Time).


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