International co-operation

Argo float deployment. Photo Petra Roiha

The basic aim of FINMARI is to assemble Finnish marine research infrastructure into a coherent framework, and connect it to the RI networks on national and international levels.

FINMARI hosted a national Finnish node for pp2EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre), a distributed ESFRI consortium of state-of-the-art research and training facilities at leading European marine research stations, with Tvärminne Zoological Station/UHEL coordinating the Finnish partnership of all 3 FINMARI university research stations (Tvärminne, Seili, Husö).

Another ESFRI linkage of FINMARI is Euro-Argo, which coordinates the European contribution to the international Argo program. Argo network is a global array of autonomous instruments, reporting subsurface ocean properties via satellite transmission. Finnish contribution to Euro-Argo is represented by FMI, with a responsibility to develop Argo-floats based observing system for the Baltic Sea.

A dynamic component of FINMARI is the construction of an automated Marine Research Station connected to the ICOS ERIC station at island Utö, at the border between the outer archipelago and the Baltic proper. The first Utö data are currently opened as beta version presentations.

FINMARI is active in the European process of integrating existing environmental RI networks within EU Horizon 2020. FINMARI hosted Finnish (SYKE) participation in the FP7 and H2020 IA projects JERICO and JERICO-NEXT (IA: Integrating Activities for Networks of RIs), a network for European coastal observatories.

Currently, SYKE-MRC and FMI are partners in the new H2020 infrastructure project JERICO-S3 (2020-2024), SYKE-MRC and UHEL/Tvärminne in AQUACOSM (2017-2020) and AQUACOSM-plus (2020-2024), UHEL/Tvärminne, UT/Seili and ÅAU/Husö in ASSEMBLE plus (October 2017 - 2020), and SYKE-MRC and FMI in SeaDataCloud (2016-2020).


EMBRC contact person:
Director Joanna Norkko, Tvärminne Zoological Station, UHEL
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Euro-Argo contact person:
Head of Unit Jari Haapala, FMI
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JERICO-NEXT contacts:
Doc. Lauri Laakso, FMI
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Dr Jukka Seppälä, SYKE                                                                           
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ICOS contact person:
Doc. Lauri Laakso, FMI
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Utö station, photo Lauri Laakso
Diving from ice, photo Joanna Norkko
Net haul, photo Joanna Norkko