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Research partners - examples of collaboration

Open environmental data for research purposes


SYKE was the first research institute in Finland to open up its data banks to the public. Our metadata services meet the requirements of the Academy of Finland, enabling our data to be widely shared and utilised. All of the open data banks, information systems and metadata maintained by Finland’s environmental administration have been compiled under the web service Interest in this material grew greatly during 2016.

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Curbing of black carbon emissions combats climate change

Musta hiili
© Riku Lumiaro

Short-lived compounds such as black carbon have a major influence on the warming of the Arctic region. Rapid action to reduce such compounds and CO2 emissions can improve air quality and limit climate change.

SYKE and its research partners have prepared recommendations for curbing black carbon emissions in non-Arctic countries. The Arctic Council will use the results when issuing recommendations on emission reduction. SYKE's strong expertise in modelling the combined effects of air pollution supports climate work in the Arctic region. SYKE has also produced a Policy Brief for decision-makers on black carbon and its importance to climate change.

In co-operation: 

University of Eastern Finland, Academy of Finland (Financier)

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Researchers demonstrated a connection between climate change and flooding

© Ari Andersin

A large international team of researchers, in which SYKE was represented as well, demonstrated a connection between flooding and climate change for the first time across Europe. Floods in recent decades have clearly occurred earlier in certain regions in Europe due to global warming and, on the other hand, have been delayed in certain areas. A study conducted by the Vienna University of Technology analyzed data from more than 4000 hydrological observation stations in 38 European countries from 1960 to 2010.

The article, which also utilized records from long and continuous hydrological observations in Finland, was published in August 2017 in the Science journal. 

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Aranda model utilised around the world

© Panu Hänninen

The outstanding model of SYKE's marine research vessel Aranda has been used around the world in the planning of research vessels. Aranda's special techniques for studying the food webs of the Arctic regions and seas are utilised around the world.  Aranda is used in research by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, as well as the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).  Cooperation with neighbouring countries helps unify and develop follow-up methods and in conserving resources.

In co-operation

Finnish Meteorological Institute, Natural Recources Institute Finland, and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

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Chile enhances the quality of environmental monitoring

ERC Chile
© ERC-Chile

In Chile, confidence in environmental information has been undermined by inadequate quality assurance of environmental measurements. Together with SYKE, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Chilean authorities planned a reference laboratory centre for environmental measurements in 2017.

The Centre promotes the accuracy of measurements in laboratories, disseminates good practices and organises qualification tests for professionals in the field. High-quality environmental monitoring plays a key role in the development of the forest and mining sectors, which are important growth areas for Chile. SYKE's strong expertise in environmental measurements in the chemical industry was essential to cooperation.

In co-operation:

Chilean authorities, Eurochile, Finnish Meteorological Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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Air pollution estimates target emission reductions worldwide

© Jouko Lange

Air pollution affects the climate, the environment and human health. SYKE has been involved in developing European and global air pollution emission estimates in cooperation with the IIASA Institute based in Austria.

The models have enabled the cost-effective targeting of emission reduction. They enable estimates of how a number of emissions travel in the atmosphere, their impacts, and the potential and costs of emission reductions. The results of the work are also used in the preparation of legislation, in support of regional planning, and in the evaluation and follow-up of the obligations of international treaties.

In co-operation: 

IIASA Institute

A modern marine research vessel for Namibia

© Juha Flinkman

The Namibian government acquired its first modern marine research vessel from Finland. SYKE Marine Research Centre provided training for the National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC) in the scientific use of the new vessel. The expertise of Namibia's marine scientists improved, particularly in the modelling of marine ecosystems and the application of geographic information systems (GIS) related methods in marine research. In addition, communications experts from SYKE improved the partner organisations’ skills in preparing and using communications strategies and materials.

In co-operation:

National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (Financier)

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Published 2018-01-17 at 10:48, updated 2018-02-28 at 10:54

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