Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and its Marine Research Centre

 SYKE Finnish Environment Institute SYKE ( was established in 1995 for research and development in the environmental field. It is a national institute under the Ministry of the Environment, although its work related to water resources is supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Research and development deal with changes in the environment, cause and effect relationships, means of resolving environmental problems and effects of policy measures. It evaluates alternative scenarios and measures to influence future development. In addition to research and development, SYKE promotes sustainable development by assessing its implementation. It is also responsible for the national monitoring and assessment of the state of the environment, providing environmental information services and increasing public awareness of environmental issues. In addition to the main office in Helsinki SYKE has four regional offices and a rapidly developing, high impact international research profile.

It is both a research institute and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE’s research focuses on changes in the environment, and seeks ways to control these changes. The expertise is based on long-term environmental monitoring, wide-ranging research results, and the Institute’s highly-qualified staff.

Marine research centre of SYKE was launched in January 2009, and employs about 80 scientists with wide expertise on marine research. It aims at producing information and new solutions that help decision-makers to promote the protection and sustainable use of the open and coastal Baltic Sea. It also integrates a wide spectrum of marine research, catchment research, climate change research and socioeconomic research. Multidisciplinary research makes use of observations, experimental research, numerical models, prognoses and socioeconomic studies. Moreover, SYKE administrates the research vessels Aranda and Muikku which are used for biological and chemical monitoring and research.  The Marine Research Centre is responsible of the scientific advice on the implementation of the EU MSFD in Finland as well as revising the marine monitoring programme accordingly.

Marine research centre conducts wide-ranging research on the ecosystems, marine life and state of the open Baltic sea and the coastal waters around Finland, also assessing the factors that shape the marine environment. One key focus area is measuring the loads of substances entering the Baltic Sea, and examining their impacts. These issues are studied through three major research programmes.

Keywords Environmental research and development, Sustainable development, Monitoring and assessment of the state of the environment, Environmental information services, Public awareness of environmental issues
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