Marine research

Marine research produces information about the state of the Baltic Sea and changes to it, the protection and utilisation of natural resources, as well as measures that aim to uphold and improve the state of the Baltic Sea.

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High-quality, reliable and up-to-date research data helps us understand the functioning of the Baltic Sea’s ecosystems and the sea’s impact on the climate. The research supports the assessments and forecasts that are needed in the preparation of marine policy and the planning and implementation of measures.

The research forms a basis for improving seafaring safety. It helps us understand the complex connections between marine ecosystems, the economy and policies, and opens up new perspectives for the production of food and energy. The seas produce numerous benefits for people in the form of so-called ecosystem services, such as nutrition, natural resources, recreational opportunities and intangible values.

Increasing scientific data and understanding related to the seas is a goal that Finland supports as a member of international marine research and protection communities.

One of the key operators in Finland’s marine research is the FINMARI consortium coordinated by SYKE. The consortium develops cooperation between different marine operators in the use of research equipment, support services, and models and information reserves, both in Finland and internationally. The consortium includes the universities of Helsinki and Turku, Åbo Akademi, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and Arctia Shipping Oy.

The links below will take you to the websites of Finnish institutions involved in marine research, where you can find more detailed information about current research projects and publications.

Research institutions:

Doctoral dissertation: Global warming may change the composition of phytoplankton communities and reduce the carbon flux to higher trophic levels 2019-04-09
Global warming changes the composition of phytoplankton communities in marine ecosystems. In some ecosystems, for example in the Baltic Sea, the composition of phytoplankton communities may shift from diatom predominance towards the dinoflagellate during blooms. This may potentially reduce the carbon flux to higher trophic levels.
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The Baltic Sea as a Time Machine 2018-05-10
In the international journal Science Advances, an international team of researchers led by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel promotes the Baltic Sea as a time machine for coastal areas worldwide. The research team included also recearchers from the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, University of Helsinki and Finnish Environment Institute SYKE.
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1.25 million euro grant for the FINMARI consortium from the Academy of Finland 2015-01-22
The Academy of Finland has granted 1.25 million euros to the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure consortium FINMARI, which is managed by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The Academy has recently granted a total of 19.3 million euros to 48 research infrastructure projects in different fields.
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Published 2014-10-14 at 12:46, updated 2018-06-25 at 16:16