ASTRA project consortium partners

Astra's partners comprise various research institutes and regional planning offices around the Baltic Sea Region, broken down to 19 inner and 16 outer circle partners. Lead partner of the project is the Geological Survey of Finland (

Geological Survey of Finland

Betonimiehenkuja 4, 02151 Espoo, Finland

Contact Persons:
Philipp Schmidt-Thomé (Project co-ordinator)
Michael Staudt (Project manager)


Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme

Partner information

Inner Circle

GTK: Lead partner

The Geological Survey of Finland (Geologian tutkimuskeskus, GTK) is the national geological organization of Finland and one of the leading service centres in applied earth sciences in Europe. GTK is responsible for the overall organization and management of the entire project as a lead partner. Besides that GTK is involved in the Finnish case study area impact assessment (GIS analysis) as well as in the development of adaptation strategies for Finland and the coordination of the other case study areas. Staff : project coordinator , project manager and 2 researchers.


YTK contributes expertise in the field of planning and provides linkages from natural science to planning and national authorities responsible for strategy making. ASTRA strengthens YTK?s role as a major EU-level institute in the field of proposal. YTK has strong competence in multidisciplinary projects such as ASTRA (e.g. SEAREG, ESPON 1.3.1., FINADAPT and EXTREFLOOD). YTK provides education for Finnish and Estonian planners and arranges courses in the field of proposal (dissemination of ASTRA results). Personnel: senior researcher, 2 researchers

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) was founded in 1992. Its mission is to develop and establish a new scientific field described as Earth System Analysis (ESA) In-depth survey on the socio-economic (e.g. agriculture, infrastructure, industry) and natural inventory (e.g. soil type, meteorological variables, land use, water availability, flooding areas). Usage and development of integrated indicators to measure and assess the inventory of different environments regarding climate impacts. Development of adaptive strategies. Staff: 2 researchers.

University of Latvia, Riga, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

To strengthen the research on global climate change in Latvia, to develop knowledge about climate change patterns, identified consequences and possible impacts in future as well as to support development of national adaptation strategy to climate change.In the case study the River Salaca basin,the main salmon river of Latvia, impacts of climate change on biological diversity of aquatic systems is studied. Staff: 2 researchers.

Tallinn University, Institute of Ecology

The Institute of Ecology is the leading institution in climate change research in Estonia. An interdisciplinary team is conducting a climate change impact study for the Estonian archipelago. Development of a national adaptation strategy. Simulation of the impact of storms of different magnitude, duration and direction. Elaboration of scientifically proved concepts for integrated coastal zone management for densely populated and nature conservation coastal areas.

Geological Survey Of Estonia (EKG)

Forecast of relative sea level changes at normal and extreme storm circumstances. Outlining of areas potentially covered by flooding. Identification of areas endangered by abrasion and landslides. To reveal influence of changing climate and sea level rise to the hydrological conditions of rivers Pärnu and Pirita and lakes Harku and Ülemiste. Analysing of effects caused by climate change and working out recommendations to minimize negative aspects. Case studies: City of Tallinn, Pärnu Maa region. Staff: 2 researchers.

Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT)

ECAT has 8 years experience of implementation of EU funded environmental projects. ECAT will be responsible for: coordination of project activities in Lithuania; communication with local partners and lead partner; will organise meetings of local partners, 1 international conference and 2 case study workshops; preparation of the study on local strategies (Klaipeda case); preparation and publication of project leaflet and publication on project results; publishing information about the project in national and local media. Staff: 4 researchers

Vilnius University, Department of Hydrology and Climatology

Department of Hydrology and Climatology of Vilnius University is the most competent organization in the field of future climate projections for Lithuania. Estimation of climate change vulnerability and adaptations for socio-economic sectors will be prepared. Potential adaptation strategies might include: improving water use efficiency, increasing the adaptive capacity of natural systems (rivers, lakes, sea coasts). Staff: 5 researchers.

Polish Geological Institute (PGI), Gdansk

Polish Geological Institute is subordinate to the Ministry of Environment and centre of excellence for geological and hydrogeological surveys. It is responsible for the management of natural resources. Modelling of climate impact on the urban area of Gdansk and Sopot , e.g. future water supply. River flood plain modelling for the Vistula Delta are planned. Staff: up to 8 researchers.

Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemünde (IOW)

The Baltic Research Institute will conduct an impact study in the Oder river basin and works together with the Wojewodzki Inspektorat and Regional Planning office Vorpommern. Because of Poland?s new membership in the EU it will become essential to intensify the German-Polish cooperation and to agree on all planning and management activities as well as to exchange know how and experiences. Staff: 2 researchers.

Institute of Geology & Geography, Vilnius

Climate Impact research study for the Curonian spit. The researchers are experts in the field of geomorphology and have a long research activity in the case study and can provide research results and data for the project. Organization of a conference in Lithuania raising awareness of adaptation to climate change (WP2). Coastal management after storms. A prognostic model of eolian form development and adaption strategy. Dune protection means in Curonian national park.(WP1). Staff: 1 researcher.

City of Raahe

The City of Raahe has resigned from the ASTRA project.

Klaipeda city municipality

Klaipeda city municipality will be responsible for providing local data needed for project activities, providing assistance in organising events, contacts with local media, work with different municipality departments, local stakeholders. Representatives of municipality will participate in project events, review and comment project documents and reports. 2 persons will be involved in the implementation of the project.

TuTech Innovation GmbH

TuTech Innovation is the technology transfer agency of the City of Hamburg and works for and behalf of the City of Hamburg in a number of Interreg projects.TuTech will take, along with CURS the lead role in WP3 by coordinating the activities it entails in close cooperation with the other project partners and will support the delivery of WP2 by using its extensive experience and contacts in the Baltic Sea region in networking towards the dissemination of the project and its results. Staff: 1 project coordinator, 2 researchers.

City of Espoo

Local partner supporting the project. Local climate change impact assessment for the City of Espoo is carried out related to their recently started work on mapping the flood-prone areas in the city. Monitoring the work and accomplishments of the newly founded flood-issue committee. Lessons will be taken on a regional level in co-operation with Uusimaa regional council. Winter-storm study in co-operation with research partners.

Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Centre

Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Centre (PREC) is a governmental organization responsible for environmental management, research and monitoring in its region. As a case study PREC will estimate the impact of climate change on nutrient flows into lakes in Pirkanmaa and to the Baltic Sea with river Kokemäenjoki. Regional seminars will be arranged concerning adaptation strategies to climate change and information will be exchanged with other partners of ASTRA. Staff: 8 persons involved in the project work.

Regional Council of Uusimaa

Regional partner supporting the project. Work on adaptation issues to be included in a climate change strategy for the capital city region, which will be broadened to regional level. Preliminary work on a regional multi-sectoral adaptation strategy. Co-operation with the City of Espoo on questions related to flooding and flood-mapping (Vantaanjoki River)

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Association of all Finnish cities and regions supporting the project and is interested in implementing the project's results. Main duties are: Obtaining and dividing information on problems and strategies related to municipal engineering. Providing a link between the research team and case study areas and the communal level in general. Dissemination duties (Finnish municipalities)

City of Kokkola

Local partner supporting the project. Local climate change impact assessment for the planned Merikokkola residential area. Winter-storm study in co-operation with GTK's researchers.


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