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

  • Lake brownification and eutrophication decrease the content of essential fatty acids in fish used in human diets 2016-09-30
    Eutrophication and brownification change phytoplankton community structure and decrease production of essential omega-3 fatty acids in lakes. Perch growing in oligotrophic clear-water lakes contain 1.5-1.9 times more essential omega-3 fatty acids than those grown in eutrophic and brown-water lakes.
  • An extraordinarily extensive review of the Gulf of Finland’s status by three countries 2016-09-02
    The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has published an assessment of the Gulf of Finland, compiling the research results of over a hundred Finnish, Russian and Estonian researchers. The over 300-page publication includes recent information on issues such as eutrophication, hazardous substances, invasive species, noise, maritime traffic, and plastic waste.
  • Major Baltic inflows have improved the condition of the Baltic Proper 2016-09-02
    The effects of the major Baltic inflows that have arrived in 2014, 2015 and 2016 can be seen in the improved oxygen situation of the basins to the east and south of Gotland. The anoxic area of the seabed in the Baltic Sea has become considerably smaller compared to the summer of 2014, but the inflows have nevertheless not been able to completely oxygenate the hydrogen sulphide-rich water in the depths of the Baltic Proper.
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Published 2013-05-02 at 16:53, updated 2015-12-11 at 13:29
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