Algal bloom monitoring July 24, 2014: Extensive blooms in Finnish Sea areas, some increase in the amount of blooms also in lakes

There are extensive cyanobacterial blooms in the southern Archipelago Sea, western Gulf of Finland and in the northern Baltic Proper. In lakes, the situation is typical for the time of the year, some abundant blooms have been observed. Water which contains cyanobacteria, should not be used since it may be toxic. Video: The Finnish Border Guard. Read more

Nature is conserved for its owns sake – and for all of us

In a study published in the July issue of Ecological Economics, SYKE researchers found that those forest owners who regarded moral and social norms important, had not contracted for a conservation payment. In other words, the economic reward did not have a central role in forest owners’ conservation decisions. Read more


Sirpa Lehtinen
Researcher Sirpa Lehtinen knows her algae 2014-07-01
Researcher Sirpa Lehtinen is the person in charge of algae monitoring in the Baltic Sea at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). “My tasks also include research, algal sample analysis and communications regarding algae,” Lehtinen details. During the summer, the results of her work can be seen in weekly algal bloom reports.
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Image: Anna Repo/SYKEResearchers from SYKE have been involved in the study concerning forest residue's share of EU's climate emission reductions. The study, published in Global Change Biology Bioenergy journal, shows that there is a gap between the emission reductions and the EU requirements. Read more

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blue green algae"Systems ecological perspectives to sustainability” International Conference 24-30 September

The first Systems ecological perspectives to sustainability conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland 24-30 September 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists and other thinkers interested in systems ecology and sustainability. Satellite image ESA. Read more