Training material for Blue-green algae monitoring


In the summer of 2024, we will again continue the good joint project of Finnish rotary districts – the protection of nearby waters and the Baltic Sea – with our partner Finnish Environmental Center Syke. The contribution of Rotarians in observing the blue-green algae situation is a valued and welcome addition to Syke’s observation network. It is a valuable civic activity for the benefit of research and the environment (so-called citizen science).

Training themes:

  •     Basic information on the state of the Baltic Sea and basic information on the state of the lakes.
  •     How do you identify blue-green algae.
  •     How do you estimate the amount of algae.
  •     How do you set up your own observation site?
  •     How do you report the weekly blue-green algae situation to Syke’s system.

In May, two online training events were organized.

  •     Tuesday 7 May 2024 from 15:00 to 17:30 (for observations made in the sea area).
  •     Tuesday 14 May 2024 from 15:00 to 17:30 (for observations made in the lake area)

The recordings of the webinars can be viewed in the attached videos or on the District 1420 Youtube channel


Video content:
0:00 Johdantopuheenvuoro, Hanne Kauranne, Finlandia Hall Rotaryklubi
1:36 Mitä kuuluu, Itämeri; Seppo Knuuttila, Suomen Ympäristökeskus
40:22 Sinileväkukintojen tunnistaminen ja runsauden arviointi; Sirpa Lehtinen, Suomen ympäristökeskus
1:12:17 Näin osallistut sinileväseurantaan; Matti Lindholm, Suomen ympäristökeskus


Video content:
0:00 Katsaus Suomen järvien tilaan, Marko Järvinen, Suomen Ympäristökeskus
50:10 Sinilevät, Kristiina Vuorio, Suomen ympäristökeskus
1:32:04 Näin osallistut sinileväseurantaan, Matti Lindholm, Suomen ympäristökeskus



Other online material

Summary of last summer 2023

Observations publication platform Järvi-meriwiki

A web site, where observations are recorded and sent