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Envelope 3/2013

December 2013
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Sari Metsämäki puts snow on the map

 
Sari Metsämäki is a Senior Research Scientist specialised into the remote sensing of snow and working for the Finnish Environment Institute. In her thesis, she presents a remote sensing method that can be used to map the occurrence of snow more precisely than before over extensive areas and in forests in particular.
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“Good Urban Planning Is about Figuring Out Fabrics”

Sustainable urban structure was raised in discussion in Helsinki at the end of October. The meetings of the European Union’s COST Action technology network brought experts in this field to the city from many parts of the world. In an international seminar held at the Finnish Environment Institute, Australian Professor Peter Newman presented his new theory of urban fabrics for the first time in Europe. The theory has been worked out with SYKE’s Senior Research Scientist Leo Kosonen.
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From home to eco-home

The bad news first: Finns have one of the largest climate impacts in the world with an average carbon footprint of some 8,700 kilograms a year. The good news is that households can reduce their environmental and climate impacts by tens of per cents by making the right choices.
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The ecological status of Finland’s large lakes is good but the coastal waters are in a poor condition

The ecological assessment of the status of Finnish waters has been updated. This assessment, conducted by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, shows that 85% of the surface area of our lakes and 65% of that of our rivers is in good or excellent condition (status is good or high). On the other hand, as much as three fourths of the surface area of Finnish coastal waters is in poorer condition. The most significant problem is the eutrophication of waters.
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Information with more accuracy about noise, flows and hydrogen sulphide in the Baltic Sea

The first devices for measuring underwater noise were anchored in October to the bottom of the Baltic Sea on the coast of Finland. The researchers of six countries bordering the Baltic Sea who participate in the BIAS project installed noise-measuring hydrophones on the southern side of the Jussarö lighthouse near Tvärminne and in the Gulf of Finland between Helsinki and Tallinn.
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Laboratory specialists in Central Asia

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE's chemists Kaija Korhonen-Ylönen and Satu Mykkänen, along with Senior Researcher Katarina Björklöf, visited Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in September by invitation of the local environment institute (State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, SAEPF). The visit was part of the ’Water Quality Monitoring in the Kyrgyz Republic’ project, funded by the ICI programme of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
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A web portal about climatic effect of black carbon is open

The new www.maceb.fi portal includes general information about black carbon, its emissions and its climatic effects. Mitigation opportunities of black carbon emissions are presented and their effects are considered on the website globally, in Europe and in Arctic area.
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