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Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2019: Cyanobacteria were mostly mixed in the water in the Finnish sea areas, in lakes the cyanobacteria situation varied a lot

During the past summer, large amounts of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) were seen particularly in the northern part of the Baltic Sea’s main basin, at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland and south o...

2019-08-29
Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters: Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still...

2019-08-27
Algal Bloom Monitoring August 22, 2019: Cyanobacterial blooms have decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Since last week, the amount of cyanobacterial blooms has decreased both in the Finnish sea areas and lakes.

2019-08-22
Algal Bloom Monitoring, August 15 2019: Cyanobacteria situation calm both in the Finnish sea areas and in lakes

Cool and unstable weather has restrained cyanobacteria occurrence both in the Finnish Sea areas and in lakes. In the sea areas cyanobacteria can still be found in the deeper water layers, and also som...

2019-08-15
Algal bloom monitoring August 8, 2019: Cyanobacteria occurrence still continues in the Finnish sea areas, in lakes less cyanobacteria observed than typically this time of summer

Observations reveal a large surface cyanobacteria bloom in the Baltic Proper that extends north close to Finnish coastal areas. Blooms have also been reported in the southern part of the Bothnian Sea....

2019-08-08
Algal bloom monitoring August 1, 2019: Cool and windy weather has slowed down the growth of the cyanobacteria in Finnish sea areas and lakes

The cooler and windier weather this week has slowed down the growth of the cyanobacteria and kept them mixed in water. Cyanobacterial blooms have declined in the Baltic Sea as well as in lakes since l...

2019-08-01
Algal bloom monitoring July 25, 2019: Cyanobacteria have further increased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

The amount of cyanobacteria has increased since last week, and it may continue to increase if the weather stays warm.

2019-07-25
Algal bloom monitoring July 18, 2019: Cyanobacteria have increased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

In the Southern and South-Western Finnish sea areas, amount of cyanobacteria has increased since last week, and cyanobacteria are mostly mixed in the water column. Amount of cyanobacteria has increase...

2019-07-18
Algal bloom monitoring July 11, 2019: Amount of cyanobacteria has increased in the sea areas, in the lakes the amount of cyanobacteria is less than usually

Amount of cyanobacteria has increased in the Southern and South-Western Finnish sea areas. In lakes, amount of cyanobacteria is lower than usually during this time of the summer.

2019-07-11
Algal bloom monitoring July 4, 2019: Cyanobacteria situation is typical in lakes, only few observations in the Finnish sea areas

Poor weather conditions have had an effect on algal bloom development. In Finnish fresh waters the situation regarding cyanobacteria is normal for the period. In our marine waters cyanobacterial bloom...

2019-07-04
Algal bloom monitoring June 27, 2019: Cyanobacteria situation is typical both in the Finnish sea areas and in lakes

In the Finnish sea areas only single abundant cyanobacteria occurrences have been observed in coastal areas. In lakes, the cyanobacteria situation is also typical, and the likelihood of abundant surfa...

2019-06-27
Algal bloom monitoring June 20, 2019: Cyanobacteria occurrence has increased in some lakes, in the Finnish sea areas the cyanobacteria situation is typical for the Midsummer week

Due to warm weather the occurrence of cyanobacteria has increased in lakes, but the algal situation is still rather typical for the period. Both in the coastal and open sea areas of the Baltic Sea onl...

2019-06-20
Algal bloom monitoring June 13, 2019: Blue-green algae have slightly increased in lakes, in sea areas the situation is still calm

Cyanophyte blooms have increased since last week in lakes in Southern Finland. In the Finnish open sea areas no blooms have been observed, but a few occurrences of blue-green algae have been observed ...

2019-06-13
Algal bloom monitoring June 6, 2019: No cyanobacterial blooms in the sea areas, scarce observations from lakes

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has started this week its cyanobacterial bloom reporting for the summer 2019. Cyanobacterial blooms have not been observed in the Finnish sea areas this week. In...

2019-06-06
New steps taken to improve the standards of molecular methods for water analysis

Powerful novel DNA-based methods are being developed to assess biodiversity and the ecological status of water bodies, yet little consensus about method standardisation exists. In order to tackle this...

2019-06-05
Doctoral dissertation: The duration of the ice cover of Finnish inland waters has shortened, and seasonal winter and spring discharges have increased

The duration of the ice cover on Finnish inland waters has shortened due to milder winters. Correspondingly, the seasonal river discharges in winter and spring have increased, reports a new doctoral d...

2019-02-19
Low exposure of people to microplastics through drinking water

According to a preliminary study, Finnish household water contains only small amounts of microplastics. Water treatment processes effectively remove particles from the raw water that is used in the pr...

2018-11-16
The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute is moving to the Viikki campus

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is moving on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (street address: Latokarta...

2018-11-09
Summary of algal bloom monitoring 2018: Sweltering summer brought exceptional cyanobacterial surface blooms to sea areas, in lakes abundant cyanobacterial blooms took place earlier

In the Gulf of Finland, cyanobacterial blooms during the summer of 2018 were strongest for the 2010's. Surface blooms covered at worst almost the entire Gulf of Finland. Also in the southern parts of ...

2018-08-30
Algal bloom monitoring August 23, 2018: No wide cyanobacterial blooms in the Finnish sea areas, blooms have decreased also in lakes

The amount of cyanobacterial surface blooms has further decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes. In the Gulf of Finland, weak surface accumulations of cyanobacteria still occur. Harmless filament...

2018-08-23

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