integration approach

FINMARI builds a distributed national marine RI with a joint mission. 

FINMARI has a strategic, long-term approach to utilize the specific strengths of the partnership in addressing the hierarchic variability scales in the marine realm. The approach emphasizes next generation survey tools, necessary to address the physical dynamics of the system and the embedded chemical and biological processes. In parallel, novel automated experimental facilities are a priority, targeting especially at biodiversity and ecosystem function research, organism traits, climate change experimentation and scenario testing.

A ship-of-opportunity network of regular ferry routes capture the large-scale N-S and E–W gradients  of the Baltic Sea.

Research vessels, gliders, Argo floats and towed acoustic, optical and sampling devices address the dynamic variability in the mesoscale (length scales from 1 to 100 km).

A network of profiling buoys in the vicinity to 4 coastal stations (Seili, Husö, Tvärminne, Utö) captures the high-resolution vertical and biogeographical gradients of the archipelago coastline.

Continuous flow-through and buoy measurements at the automated research station on Island Utö reveal the fine-scale/long-term temporal variability in physical, chemical and biological parameters and air-sea carbon exchange.

Multiscale variability in bottom habitats is addressed by measuring seabed geological properties, high-resolution habitat mapping with multiple sonar techniques, and high-resolution in situ gas fluxes across the water-sediment interface by multiparameter benthic lander and eddy covariance techniques.

Experimental laboratories provide novel facilities customized for marine process studies, scenario testing, food web interactions, and trait parameterization within the joint research framework.