Theme: Sustainable management of the Baltic Sea and freshwater resources

SYKE is the only research institute in Finland that examines the water system comprising the Baltic Sea as well as surface and ground waters as a single entity. SYKE provides information and solutions to support the protection and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea, water systems, and water resources.

‘The theme was introduced in 2012, and we intend to build a research continuum from the inland waters to the sea, putting waters in context with the more general environmental issues,’ explains Seppo Rekolainen, who is responsible for the theme with Paula Kankaanpää.

He adds: ‘To ensure a broad perspective on research issues, we network and work in collaboration with various players in the field.’

‘In terms of marine and water resource issues, SYKE is in a unique position: our research serves current national and international legislation and the implementation of water resource and marine environment management and flood risk management. With various partners, we also explore the marine environment to enable maritime spatial planning,’ Rekolainen notes.

The general public too benefits from this research, with the most familiar services being the surface water monitoring data and algae prognoses. SYKE also monitors the environmental load on waters and develops related information systems. Today’s new observation systems have more efficient features for automatic monitoring, and they make more effective use of the voluntary observation assistance provided by citizens.

The work on this theme also invests in world-class experimental research and system modelling.

Oil and chemical spill response is focused on improving preparedness and the techniques used on open seas and with high waves, in icy conditions, and in shallow waters, and for the recovery of sunken oil.

Persons responsible for the theme

Seppo Rekolainen  

Head of the Freshwater Centre Seppo Rekolainen

Paula Kankaanpää (pieni kuva)

   Director of the Marine Research Centre Paula Kankaanpää

Personnel contacts

Personnel: Freshwater Centre and Marine Research Centre

Press releases

  • Number of oil discharges observed at sea decreased 2016-02-29
    In 2015, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities decreased significantly compared to the previous year. Eventually, 47 of the discharges were confirmed to be oil, whereas the corresponding number in 2014 was 68. Investigations concerning illegal oil discharge were started in 12 cases. The majority of the discharges were minor discharges near harbours or shores. The largest individual discharge released an estimated 0.77 cubic metres of oil into the sea.
  • Last summer’s fish kill was caused by a toxic dinoflagellate: emerging algal toxins in coastal Finnish waters 2016-02-24
    Scientists at SYKE Marine Research Centre have related the fish kill in Ersöströmmen near Tammisaari last July to a dinoflagellate species, Karlodinium veneficum, not previously known to form blooms in Finnish waters.
  • Project assembled by SYKE granted EU funding for the development of Arctic oil spill response 2016-02-16
    A consortium assembled by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has been granted a significant amount of EU funding for the development of Arctic oil spill response methods and the evaluation of their environmental effects. Set to launch in March, the 3.5-year project will involve a total of 13 research institutes and companies from nine different countries. The project will be coordinated by SYKE.
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Published 2013-05-02 at 16:53, updated 2015-12-11 at 13:29
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