Practice makes a professional

New field surveyors of field season 2019 are learning the drop video technique at Metsähallitus field boat. Photo by Sjef Heijnen, Metsähallitus. Biological field season at sea always starts around June. New people come to work, some of them for the first time. There are also interns who haven’t even finished their university or other … Continue reading Practice makes a professional


Zonation is a quantitative decision support tool for spatial conservation planning, developed for solving various problems around spatial management and resource allocation. Zonation was developed in CBIG – Conservation Biology Informatics Group in the department of Biosciences of the University of Helsinki. The team was led by the professor Atte Moilanen who is currently part … Continue reading ZONATION – PLANNERS’ LITTLE HELPER

Use of Earth Observation for monitoring of aquatic environment

The Sentinel satellites of the European Union’s Copernicus programme have brought the monitoring of aquatic environment to a new era. These satellites offer frequent overpasses, long term availability of images and good data quality, which enables building powerful new monitoring tools. Earth Observation (EO) satellites capture optical or microwave images of the Earth. The optical … Continue reading Use of Earth Observation for monitoring of aquatic environment

Modeling of potential habitats for Fourleaf mare’s tail

One of the aims of the project is combining the data from Sweden and Finland and seeing what we can glean from the full data. One thing you notice very quickly from a full dataset is an absence of a species from one country, when it is present in the other. Especially if it’s a … Continue reading Modeling of potential habitats for Fourleaf mare’s tail

How we do it: Organization

If you are familiar with any type of field work, or even other outdoor activities such as camping, you know that there are all types of gear and equipment needed. Not only do we need the appropriate clothing, but also different field computers, hard drives, cameras, GPS devices, safety gear, diving equipment, sampling gear, microscopes, … Continue reading How we do it: Organization

Harmonizing definitions

One task that the SEAmBOTH project took part in solving was trying to harmonize the use of different Natura 2000 nature type descriptions between Finland and Sweden. Yes, there are official descriptions of the nature types from the EU. Yes, there are official translations and national adaptations to the special conditions of the Baltic Sea. But NO, even … Continue reading Harmonizing definitions

Estimating human pressures at the Bothnian Bay

The marine environment of the Baltic Sea is fragile and vulnerable due to its unique location and structure. 85 million people live on its catchment area and 15 million of them live within 10 km from the shoreline. Therefore this has an effect on the marine environment both below and above the sea surface. Even … Continue reading Estimating human pressures at the Bothnian Bay