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Finland having a significant role in international water cooperation - New handbook to guide water allocation across borders

A new handbook will promote sustainable and equitable allocation of transboundary water resources. The publication is the first of its kind and is the latest example of Finland’s significant role in i...

2021-09-30
Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2021: The hot weather boosted the growth of cyanobacteria in the early summer – still the amount of cyanobacterial blooms was below average since mid-July

During the summer, the cyanobacterial situation has varied in both Finnish lakes and sea areas. The amount of cyanobacteria was exceptionally at its peak in the sea areas already in mid-July. Even in ...

2021-08-30
The cyanobacterial situation is calm in lakes and sea areas

The amounts of blue-green algae in lakes and coastal areas are still smaller than average. Only in some areas of the Archipelago Sea have abundant cyanobacteria been observed in coastal areas. As is t...

2021-08-19
Moderate amounts of cyanobacteria in lakes and coastal areas, increased observations in open sea areas of the Gulf of Finland

The cyanobacterial situation har remained calm in lakes and coastal areas. The amounts of cyanobacteria in inland waters are small compared with the average. In the open sea areas of the Gulf of Finla...

2021-08-12
The cyanobacterial situation has calmed down both in inland waters and sea areas

The number of cyanobacterial observations has started to decline in inland waters and on the coasts of the Baltic Sea. The situation in inland waters is calmer than usual. Usually, August is the month...

2021-08-05
Cyanobacterial observations have increased in both lakes and sea areas; the situation is typical for the late summer

Larger amounts of cyanobacteria have been observed in inland waters than in the previous week. The observations are concentrated in eutrophic lakes and bays in the southern parts of Finland. Cyanobact...

2021-07-29
The cyanobacterial situation has calmed down, small amounts of cyanobacteria in lakes and sea areas

The cyanobacterial situation has calmed down both in inland waters and sea areas. Almost all cyanobacterial observations concern small amounts of cyanobacteria. In lakes, storm Riikka stirred up the s...

2021-07-22
Widespread cyanobacteria in the open areas of the Bothnian Sea, the warm weather has contributed to the growth of cyanobacteria in lakes

Along the coast and in the open sea areas varying amounts of cyanobacteria have been observed. On the coast, observations continue to centre around the Archipelago Sea. The hot weather has contribute...

2021-07-15
Abundant cyanobacteria in sea areas, in lakes the amounts of cyanobacteria have increased in places

The warm and calm weather has contributed to the growth of cyanobacteria, especially in the sea areas. On the coasts, cyanobacterial observations have been made particularly in the Gulf of Finland and...

2021-07-08
In the Archipelago Sea abundant cyanobacteria in places, in lakes the cyanobacterial situation is mostly normal

In the coastal areas of Finland, the cyanobacterial situation is progressing quietly despite the individual abundant cyanobacterial occurrences in the Archipelago Sea. In lakes, the cyanobacterial sit...

2021-07-01
During the Midsummer week, cyanobacterial observations have increased in sea areas and lakes in Southern and Central Finland

During the Midsummer week, more and more blue-green algae have been observed in both lake and sea areas. The hot weather in June has boosted the growth of blue-green algae, especially in Southern and ...

2021-06-24
Slight increase in cyanobacterial observations in lakes, Storm Vieno curbed the growth of cyanobacteria in sea areas

In lakes, more cyanobacterial observations have been made than during the previous week, but the observed amounts of cyanobacteria have been small. In sea areas, the cyanobacterial situation is still ...

2021-06-17
The cyanobacterial situation is calm, with sporadic observations in lakes and sea areas

In lakes, cyanobacterial observations are slightly up compared to last week, but abundant cyanobacterial blooms have not been observed. In the Finnish sea areas, some cyanobacterial observations have ...

2021-06-10
Cyanobacterial blooms observed at only one observation site in the Finnish sea areas, a few observations in lakes.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has started reporting observations of summer 2021 cyanobacteria blooms this week. Some cyanobacteria has been observed at one observation site in the eastern p...

2021-06-03
Aranda’s monitoring cruise: Record high temperatures in some areas in the Baltic Sea, increasing phosphorus concentrations in the Archipelago Sea and the Bothnian Sea

Water temperatures in the Baltic Sea are increasing and the deep-water temperatures are record-high in some areas. Phosphorus concentrations are rising in the central part of the Archipelago Sea and t...

2021-03-04
The chemical status of water bodies remains poor

The chemical status of Finnish lakes, rivers, and coastal waters has not yet improved, despite the concentrations of several chemicals falling below the limits set for them (EQS - Environmental Qualit...

2020-08-28
Summary of algal bloom monitoring June-August 2020: Varying cyanobacterial blooms in lakes during the summer, unusual cyanobacterial observations in northern parts of the Bothnian Sea and the Kvarken

The cyanobacterial situation over the past summer has been variable both in inland waters and sea areas. The number of cyanobacterial observations during June–August followed the weather conditions qu...

2020-08-27
Microplastics are found in all waters, quantities in aquatic organisms and fish vary

Microplastics are found in all water systems and in fish, bivalve molluscs and benthic fauna. Microplastics cause stress to the aquatic organisms and may expose them to harmful substances. These were ...

2020-08-24
Algal bloom monitoring August 20, 2020: Cyanobacterial surface accumulations in open sea areas have become less intensive, but cyanobacterial occurrences in coastal areas and lakes have increased at some sites

Cyanobacterial surface accumulations in open sea areas of the Gulf of Finland and the Bothnian Sea are still visible in satellite images, even though they are less intensive than earlier. In coastal a...

2020-08-20
Algal bloom monitoring August 13, 2020: Varying amounts of cyanobacteria observed in both sea areas and lakes

Varying amounts of cyanobacteria have been observed in both sea areas and lakes. The warm and calm weather of last week has enabled cyanobacteria to rise to the surface water layers. Abundant surface ...

2020-08-13

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