WP5: Coordinated use of research vessels

WP5 focused on international cooperation in the use of research vessels in the Baltic Sea for monitoring activities. The shared use of these vessels would enable a better monitoring coverage in space and time for the Baltic marine environment. An online platform to share information about research vessel monitoring efforts with real-time locations of the vessels was created to promote trans-border cooperation.

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Photo: Henry Söderman - SYKE

An automated system was developed to collect information about the planned and completed cruises, including the regions (station network), the actual positions of the research vessels, the aim of the cruises and other basic information, such as measurements and/or sampling. WP5  also developed a scheme for how to apply to join an international monitoring cruise in the Baltic Sea and explored possibilities of common/bilateral agreements, conditions, sharing costs, etc. Finally, the uses of autonomous devices and moored instruments, such as buoys, drifters and hydrophones were described and schemes for joint servicing of devices developed to monitor off-shore areas.

WP5 was led by the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) and five partners were taking part in the work: the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management from Gdynia (IMGW) (IMGW-PIB), the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE), the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW).

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Urmas Lips

WP5 lead, Tallinn University of Technology

+372 6204304


Ms. Johanna Karhu

Project Coordinator, HELCOM Secretariat
+358 (0)40 6619040
Skype: helcom63


 Past meetings

17/06/2014 Tallinn, Estonia

22/10/2014 Helsinki, Finland