Development of an improved environmental monitoring in the Baltic Sea

Researchers from SMHI participate in the BONUS FUMARI project. The project will evaluate environmental monitoring in the Baltic Sea with regard to international and European legislation, directives and policies. The aim of BONUS FUMARI is to propose improvements in the monitoring system that may support a sustainable management of the Baltic Sea marine environment.

The research project FUMARI (Future Marine Assessment and Monitoring of the Baltic) started with a kickoff-meting arranged by SLU on 19–20 November in Uppsala. The project that runs during 18 months aim to draft a proposal for a renewed monitoring system of the Baltic Sea marine environment. The plan will be based on a review of gaps between the monitoring requirements set in the international legislation and the existing monitoring and data management in the Baltic Sea. The possibility to use novel monitoring methods to improve and support the existing monitoring will also be evaluated.

At the kickoff-meeting, work plans, deliverables, responsibilities as well as potential collaborations with other BONUS projects were discussed. In addition, an online workshop was held to collect and implement the views of the stakeholders responsible for the Baltic Sea monitoring. Cooperation with stakeholders is an important part of the BONUS FUMARI project.

Representatives of all FUMARI partners were present at the kick-off meeting in Uppsala. Antonia Liess (Halmstad University), Sebastian Birk (Universität Duisburg-Essen, UDE), Jenni Attila (Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE), Leoni Mack (UDE), Maria Kahlert (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU), Kristian Meissner (coordinator, SYKE), Laura Uusitalo (SYKE), Leonard Sandin (SLU), Lena Viktorsson and Kari Eilola (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI). Harri Kuosa and Timo Pyhälahti (SYKE) are not in the photo. Foto Kristian Meissner