FINMARI receives FIRI2016 funding from Academy of Finland
2nd building phase 2017-2018 starts! FINMARI partners were granted a total of 2 M€ for novel instrumentation - Academy of Finland FIRI2016 funding covers 1.4 M€
Major new investments of the FINMARI consortium during 2017-2018 will extend the profiling buoy network to the Western Gulf of Finland (UHEL/Tvärminne), create a fleet of 6 Bio-Argo floats and a bottom-landing Argo (FMI), build a new flume aquaria system for experimentation (ÅAU/Husö), upgrade zooplankton sampling systems (UTU/Seili), enhance seabed studies with a multibeam sonar and a free-fall cone penetrometer (GTK) and fish stock studies with a horizontal sonar (Luke), as well as develop a cutting-edge indoor mesocosm facility with advanced control and real-time flow-through measurement instrumentation (SYKE/MRC).
Several partners (UHEL/Tvärminne, ÅAU/Husö, UTU/Seili, Luke) will acquire side-scan sonar equipment to pursue a national effort for seafloor habitat mapping (coordinated by GTK), and the Utö station (FMI, SYKE/MRC) flow-through system and cabled observatory will be upgraded, with e.g. purchases of an on-line laser diffraction particle analyzer and a holographic particle imaging system (SYKE/MRC).