SMHI monitors ocean status
The marine environmental monitoring program at SMHI is a versatile operation. We perform a large part of the Swedish marine environmental monitoring where we collect data and information about the ocean status along the marine environment bordering Sweden. We analyze and process collected data and communicate current information on the ocean status to the public, researchers and stakeholders and we also issue warnings.
To produce the best possible quality and access to data, knowledge and competence, SMHI have strong national and international cooperation with other authorities. SMHI has a particularly well-established cooperation within the European Union (EU) since neighboring countries are controlled by the same laws as in Sweden.
Accredited sampling and analyses are performed both shipboard and in SMHIs laboratory in Gothenburg. We perform extensive monthly measurements of, for example, salinity, nutrients, plankton and oxygen both in the Baltic Sea and in the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas. In addition, SMHI has a number of buoys that measure waves, currents, temperature and chlorophyll. Along the coastline SMHI employs a network of sea level measurement stations (tide gauge) within Sweden’s warning system for high- and low sea level conditions. SMHI also conducts satellite monitoring of certain types algal blooms in the Baltic Sea and the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas, ice situations and sea surface temperatures.