The Baltic Sea is a real treasure for marine scientists

Studies are not only constantly revealing new information about the unique conditions of the sea, but also about the factors that affect it negatively. In Finland, marine research is promoted by an extensive network of research institutes, universities, and polytechnics. Its goal is a living and prosperous Baltic Sea.

The Baltic Sea is being studied because it is important to us. Research information will help protect the sea and the sustainable use of its resources. Through research, we learn to understand and develop the interactions between man and the sea so that both may benefit.

Many kinds of decisions related to the sea are made in our society. Such decisions occur in politics and the economy, as well as in various other sectors such as shipping, culture, and maritime protection. Marine research provides data to support all of these decisions. By reconciling the various objectives, the complex relationship between man and the Baltic Sea can be accomplished on a sustainable basis.

Research information is needed for maritime and many other policies

The Baltic Sea is studied from many perspectives. Part of the research focuses on marine nature and its changes. Elsewhere, others are researching how the sea is used or the maritime cultural heritage. Research is also looking for ways to preserve and improve the state of the Baltic Sea

The data produced from surveys can be used to compile estimates and forecasts for the sea and its use. They are needed when preparing a maritime policy and considering how to implement it.

The sea is also explored using the methods of social sciences and economics. These studies assess the importance of the sea and the benefits it offers to man. Such benefits are provided through the so-called ecosystem services.

Marine research integrates and gives a comprehensive view

Marine research brings together different fields of research and research institutes. Such cooperation is worthwhile because research is labour intensive and the research sites are often in difficult locations. For example, on the marine research vessel Aranda, scientists from different fields, e.g. water chemists, climate scientists, marine biologists, and marine geologists work side by side throughout the year. Each study contributes important information for the protection and use of the sea.

The peak of multidisciplinary cooperation in Finland is represented by the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure consortium, known as FINMARI. It brings together researchers from different disciplines and institutions to develop and coordinate marine research.

The Baltic Sea is an international sea. Indeed, Finnish researchers are active in the international arenas of both marine research and protection. In these contexts, Finland's objective is to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of the seas.