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 Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, who is responsible for the theme with Paula Kankaanpää.

She 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,’ Heiskanen 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

Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

Head of the Freshwater Centre Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

Paula Kankaanpää (pieni kuva)

   Director of the Marine Research Centre Paula Kankaanpää

Personnel contacts

Personnel: Freshwater Centre and Marine Research Centre

Press releases

  • The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea 2017-02-03
    With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea. Finland’s contribution to the nutrient pollution of the Baltic Sea is about 10 per cent. Food production accounts for about 60 % of the Baltic Sea footprint of an average Finnish consumer. Waste water is also an important source (about 25 %).
  • Five-day weather and flood warnings available in the new service 2017-02-01
    Flood warnings from the Finnish Environment Institute have been added to the service of Finnish Meteorological Institute as a new warning type. The only flood warnings shown on the warning map are dangerous and very dangerous flood situations, in other words the orange and red warning levels.
  • Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea a risk for fish and marine mammals 2017-01-25
    Underwater noise in the Baltic Sea has been measured for the first time. According to an international project led by the Finnish Environment Institute, the level of human-introduced underwater noise is increasing.
More press releases
Published 2017-01-16 at 12:35, updated 2017-01-17 at 12:58
Target group: