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Advancing assessment of nutrient load impact on coastal water quality

The impact of nutrient load on the quality of coastal waters can now be modelled with improved precision and realism. The new model system developed in the Finnish Environment Instute offers a new too...

Eeva Primmer appointed new research director of SYKE

Dr Eeva Primmer, PhD in Agriculture and Forestry, Docent (Adjunct Professor) in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki, has been appointed as the new Research Director of the Finnish Envir...

Large EU Life project for Finland to mitigate climate change

The European Commission has granted 9.1 million euros to Finland to help mitigate climate change. The ‘Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities’ (CANEMURE) project, which has been approved for the Life ...

Assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland 2018: The status of natural habitats continues to deteriorate

The threat status of habitat types in Finland was evaluated for the second time. Almost half (48%) of the nearly 400 habitat types across the country were assessed to be threatened. In southern Finlan...

Low exposure of people to microplastics through drinking water

According to a preliminary study, Finnish household water contains only small amounts of microplastics. Water treatment processes effectively remove particles from the raw water that is used in the pr...

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute is moving to the Viikki campus

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is moving on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (street address: Latokarta...

For the first time, a smart buoy with an oil sensor is delivering data via satellite in open sea conditions in the Baltic Sea

In October a smart navigation buoy system started to deliver real-time measurement data via satellite, monitoring oil and some other water quality parameters in the Baltic Sea’s water. It is located s...

Finnish ceramic artists visualise land contamination in Venice research pavilion

Working with Soil, an artistic research project at Aalto University's Department of Design, has been selected as one of the projects for Research Pavilion #3 in Venice. The University of the Arts Hels...

Changes in snow coverage threatens biodiversity of Arctic nature

Many of the plants on northern mountains depend on the snow melting late in spring and summer. Snow provides shelter from winter extreme events for plants but at the same time it limits the length of ...

Aranda’s monitoring cruise reveals: Last summer’s algal bloom in the Baltic Sea was the result of a surge of nutrient-rich water from the Baltic Proper

Research vessel Aranda’s first monitoring cruise after its renovation was a success despite challenging weather conditions and a tight schedule. The results show that salty and oxygen-depleted water r...

New methods of environmental footprints can be a game changer for companies

New methods for calculation of the environmental footprint open possibilities for businesses to document and communicate their environmental performance in a more simplified and verifiable way. With t...

Pharmaceuticals screened systematically for the first time in the Baltic Sea

CWPharma, an EU-funded project, has started screening active pharmaceutical ingredients in six river basin districts to get a better picture of the sources, emissions and environmental concentrations ...

The winners of the ‘Meriroskahaaste’ challenge prize address different stages of marine littering

The goal of the ‘Meriroskahaaste’ marine litter challenge prize was to find solutions to decrease the amount of litter ending up in the Baltic Sea. The winning trio – Paptic Ltd, VTT’s PlastBug team, ...

Renovated marine research vessel Aranda embarks immediately on a research cruise

The renovated marine research vessel Aranda was delivered to the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE today. The overhaul was carried out by Rauma Marine Constructions Oy at its shipyard in the city of ...

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils. The Finnish Environment Institute has made an analysis based on spatial data on the location of primary and secondary schools with relation t...

Algal bloom monitoring August 23, 2018: No wide cyanobacterial blooms in the Finnish sea areas, blooms have decreased also in lakes

The amount of cyanobacterial surface blooms has further decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes. In the Gulf of Finland, weak surface accumulations of cyanobacteria still occur. Harmless filament...

Nature as a solution for immigrant integration in Nordic countries

Immigration to the Nordic region has increased fast during recent decades. Large portion of the newcomers are asylum seekers. These developments promote the need for revisiting and developing new appr...

Algal bloom monitoring August 16, 2018: Typical cyanobacterial situation in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Cyanobacteria are mixed into the water in the southern and south-western sea areas, and wide cyanobacterial blooms have not been observed anymore in the Finnish sea areas. In lakes, cyanobacteria are ...

A Tribute to Everyday Landscapes

The #arkimaisema photography campaign of the Ministry of the Environment and The Finnish Environment Institute challenges people to take a look at their own everyday landscape with new eyes.

Algal bloom monitoring August 9, 2018: Cyanobacteria have been mixed into the water in the Finnish sea areas, cyanobacterial blooms have decreased also in lakes

Cyanobacteria are still quite abundant in the Gulf of Finland, in the Archipelago Sea and in the Bothnian Sea, but cyanobacteria are now mixed into the water and wide surface blooms have not been obse...


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