Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

The Finnish Environment Institute (also known as SYKE, after the Institute's acronym in Finnish) is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE operates under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment, and its activities focus on five themes, one of which covers the Baltic Sea.

Marine Research Centre (MRC) at SYKE coordinates FINMARI, and generally aims at producing information and new solutions that help decision-makers to promote the protection and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea.

Photo Anu and Ilkka Lastumäki

SYKE-MRC is active in research integrating a wide spectrum of marine research, catchment research, climate change research, and socioeconomic research. Multidisciplinary research makes use of observations, experimental research, numerical models, prognoses and socioeconomical studies.

Besides coordination, SYKE-MRC role in FINMARI is management of the largest Finnish marine research vessel (Aranda) and the Alg@line on-line monitoring platform, participation in the FMI-led construction of the Utö Marine Station, hosting a Baltic Sea phytoplankton culture collection, and R&D on automated measurement and experimental platforms in the MRC Marine Ecology Laboratory.

Research Professor Timo Tamminen, FINMARI coordination
Head of Unit, Doc. Riitta Autio, Research Vessels
Head of Unit, PhD Jukka Seppälä, Marine Ecology Laboratory

e-mail firstname.surname (at)

Marine Research Centre
Finnish Environment Institute
P.O.Box 140
FI-00251 Helsinki