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Marine Information and Data for Users - www.MarineFinland.fi
by Finland (Government)
Dialogue between different sectors and knowledge based decision making are essential for governance of seas, blue economy and environmental protection of the seas. Marine data is scarce, scattered and expensive to produce. This is why all existing information and data needs to be effectively available in a user friendly format.

Finland is a forerunner in digitalization. Finland is also an expert in smooth cross-sector administration. Now, Finnish governmental research institutes are setting up a common central channel for their marine information and data, www.MarineFinland.fi. This portal will provide an open and easy access to their monitoring and real-time oceanographic, biological, chemical and other data from the Baltic Sea. It will also be a window for Finnish arctic policies, maritime activities and research work, and it will offer educational material. A structured and well maintained portal serves officials, the private sector, researchers, stakeholders and wide public both nationally and internationally. The portal will be designed by keeping in mind the frameworks of UNESCOs Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission's (Helcom) and European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Other (please specify): Science-policy-society interaction
www.MarineFinland.fi is operational
Financing (in USD)
2,600,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Contributions by participating institutes through expertise.
Other, please specify
Research and monitoring data collected by governmental research institutes for decades, and other relveant information materials.
Basic information
Time-frame: 1/2017 - 7/2020
Finnish Environment Institute (lead); Finnish Meteorological Institute; Finnish Natural Resources Institute; Metshallitus; Geological Survey of Finland; Finnish Transport Agency; National Board of Antiquities; Turku University (for Finnish Marine Industries); Finnish Marine Spatial Planning coordination group
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Baltic Sea States, EU States
Contact information
Paula Kankaanpaa, Director, paula.kankaanpaa@ymparisto.fi, +358407777825
Helsinki, Finland
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