People behind the scenes: Elina Virtanen

I´m a marine (bio)geographer and I have a background in physical geography. When I usually mention that I´m a geographer, people instantly think of me being someone who colours maps (for instance my friends and parents) and knows all the capital cities of the world. While that stereotype might hold true for some part, being … Continue reading People behind the scenes: Elina Virtanen

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

People behind the scenes: Tupuna Kovanen

There are boring and even more boring places, and then there's a bureau. That is, however, where I have landed and spent most of my working days. I'm Tupuna, senior adviser, working at the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) of North Ostrobothnia in Oulu. My professional background is that of a … Continue reading People behind the scenes: Tupuna Kovanen

Special Species: Indicators

Indicator species means a species which tells something important about its environment or the environmental conditions where it thrives. Bladder wrack Fucus vesiculosus deteriorates in turbid water and the plants move towards the surface to catch more light, blue mussels need at least 4-5 per mill salinity to survive, and Vaucheria sp filamentous algae grow … Continue reading Special Species: Indicators

How we do it: 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 How we do it: Harmonizing definitions

Field stories: working close to human pressures

This Summer the Metsähallitus marine team was working quite close to different kinds of human pressures. We worked most of the time close to the mainland, so we saw a lot more human activities then we normally do, from farther out at sea. In the earlier blogs there has been information about estimating human pressures … Continue reading Field stories: working close to human pressures