FINMARI receives FIRI2016 funding from Academy of Finland

2.2.2017

The ÅAU/Husö profiling buoy deployed in 2016 (photo courtesy of Flydog Inc.).
The ÅAU/Husö profiling buoy deployed in 2016 (photo courtesy of Flydog Inc.).
Argo float safely recovered (photo Petra Roiha).
Argo float safely recovered (photo Petra Roiha).
Utö Atmospheric and Marine Research Station (photo Lauri Laakso).
Utö Atmospheric and Marine Research Station (photo Lauri Laakso).

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).