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Sea-ice algae. © Seja Hällfors / SYKE

A warmer Arctic will have a large and complex impact to algal production

Press Release, May 9, 2019
The warming of the Arctic Ocean could generally increase the primary production provided by algae living in sea ice, but the impact varies greatly between latitudes, claims a study published in the renowned scientific journal Science Advances. Since the Arctic marine food web is short, poorly diverse and seasonally driven by limited pulses of energy, the expected changes in primary production can have relevant impacts to the rest of the food web up to humans. Read more

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SYKE Joensuu, Havaintoja-blogi Food Sharing - Finnish nightmare or efficient way to reduce food waste?

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Each Finn throws away about 23 kilograms of food annually. To combat climate change, Finland aims at reducing food waste to half of the present volume by 2030. Finding remedies at household level contributes to this important goal   Read more 


SYKE Policy Brief Land use 400 px

Taking a broader view in decisions on land use
In the future, society will have low carbon emissions and will operate under the principle of a circular economy. To reach this goal we need closer cooperation among the various planning levels and the different administrative sectors. Finland needs to create a good framework for cooperation now that the Land Use and Building Act is being amended. Read more: SYKE Policy Brief Taking a broader view in decisions on land use.

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Machine vision against invasive alien species

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Machine vision is used to identify and map invasive alien plant species by utilising a method developed by SYKE and its partners. Using machine vision, it is possible to save thousands of euros when alien species are detected in time and the establishment of viable populations is prevented. More


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