Marine research provides crucial data about the changing state of the Baltic Sea, the wide-ranging impacts of environmental changes, the conservation and utilisation of natural resources, and measures that can be applied to maintain or improve the state of the sea.
Reliable, high quality research data supports the assessments and forecasts that are needed to help shape policies and measures that will benefit the sea.
Research findings also form a basis for efforts to improve the safety of navigation, to provide new insights into food and energy resources, and to build up our understanding of the complex interlinkages between marine ecosystems, socio-economic factors and policies.
The world’s oceans and seas greatly affect the climate, and provide us with many valuable ecosystem services, including food, various natural resources, opportunities for recreation, and other intangible benefits. Finland works through participation in international marine research organisations to build up scientific knowledge and increase our understanding of marine environments.
This section of the Baltic Sea Portal gives a broad introduction to the research conducted in Finland into many aspects of the Baltic Sea. The main research fields are each presented separately, together with lists of the research organisations involved, and links to examples of topical research projects and published findings.