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Versatile water expertise in Finland and around the world

Surface waters and ground waters are an important part of the story of Finnish society and SYKE. We monitor the amount, status and changes of water and develop solutions for the use, management and protection of water resources.

For water-related decision-making, we produce societal and economic assessments. We increase ecological understanding on the operation of water environments and develop methods for reconciling the sometimes conflicting goals of the use and management of water resources.

SYKE is the only research institute in Finland that considers the Baltic Sea, inland waters and ground waters as a single entity. We identify the most effective ways of repairing waterways and decreasing nutrient pollution and the impacts of hazardous substances. We use a national water system model to produce real time water status predictions.

For example, we develop tools for managing floods and assessing the effects and cost-effectiveness of the management of water resources.

We are involved in domestic and international research cooperation, and we share our high-quality expertise internationally.

Our areas of expertise:

  • Hydrological monitoring
  • State of surface waters
  • Management of water resources
  • Water system models
  • Water system regulation
  • Flood risk management
  • Multi-purpose environmental assessments
  • Information systems related to water resources
     

“Our expertise revolves around high-quality and long-term research and development work, hydrology and the assessment and monitoring of eutrophication and water quality.”

-Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Director of the SYKE Freshwater Centre

   

Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

 
Director Anna-Stiina Heiskanen
Freshwater Centre
tel. +358 295 251 162, firstname.lastname@syke.fi


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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

2021-08-30
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 inland waters, the sunny and calm weather of early summer, as well as the warm waters, accelerated the growth of cyanobacteria, and as a result cyanobacteria began to bloom earlier than usual at many of the national algal monitoring sites.
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Published 2017-05-15 at 14:13, updated 2021-03-30 at 14:17
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