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Sea theme: Monitoring

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SYKE collects long-term series of observations on the physical, chemical and biological state of the sea as well as on the concentrations of hazardous substances. Some of these observation series were started as early as at the end of the 1800s. SYKE carries out monitoring on marine research vessel Aranda, which it owns, and coordinates the monitoring carried out by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres).

Long-term observation series make it possible to view e.g. the impacts of eutrophication, hazardous substances and climate change on marine nature. The data forms the foundation for a comprehensive assessment on the state of the marine environment on the basis of which the future development of the state of the marine environment can be forecast, the effectiveness of already implemented conservation measures can be assessed and new measures can be recommended. Monitoring data is needed in decision-making and the preparation of legislation.

Monitoring of the marine environment was reformed in 2014. In the future, automated observation gathering and voluntary observations by citizens will be utilised more and more in monitoring.

SYKE reports on the results of marine monitoring to the European Environment Agency, the EU Commissions and HELCOM. Reporting also utilises data concerning water quality and biological factors, which has been collected by polluting actors for required controls.

Published 2017-05-12 at 9:58, updated 2018-02-28 at 12:21
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