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Algal bloom monitoring August 21, 2014: Cyanobacterial situation has calmed down in the Finnish Sea areas and lakes

Cyanobacterial blooms have broken down in the Finnish open sea areas due to cooler weather and hard wind. Still, some cyanobacterial observations have been reported from the coastal areas. In lakes, there are less observations on cyanobacteria than usually during the late summer period. SYKE asks for observations on bioluminescent dinoflagellate which may occur in shallow coastal areas. Photo: Algae situation in late July / The Finnish Border Guard. Read more.

Nature is conserved for its owns sake – and for all of us

In a study published in the July issue of Ecological Economics, SYKE researchers found that those forest owners who regarded moral and social norms important, had not contracted for a conservation payment. In other words, the economic reward did not have a central role in forest owners’ conservation decisions. Read more


Sirpa Lehtinen
Researcher Sirpa Lehtinen knows her algae 2014-07-01
Researcher Sirpa Lehtinen is the person in charge of algae monitoring in the Baltic Sea at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). “My tasks also include research, algal sample analysis and communications regarding algae,” Lehtinen details. During the summer, the results of her work can be seen in weekly algal bloom reports.
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Image: Anna Repo/SYKEResearchers from SYKE have been involved in the study concerning forest residue's share of EU's climate emission reductions. The study, published in Global Change Biology Bioenergy journal, shows that there is a gap between the emission reductions and the EU requirements. Read more

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blue green algae"Systems ecological perspectives to sustainability” International Conference 24-30 September

The first Systems ecological perspectives to sustainability conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland 24-30 September 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists and other thinkers interested in systems ecology and sustainability. Satellite image ESA. Read more