Air-Sea Interaction research

The Air-Sea Interaction research group investigates and develops three main research areas: i) sea level variations, ii) wind-generated waves, iii) interaction processes between the sea and the atmosphere.

Wave buoy.  Photo: Lauri Laakso

Sea level research focuses on short and long-term sea level variations. The aim is e.g. to investigate extreme sea level events and to find out how the global sea level rise affects the sea level on the Finnish coast as well as how this should be taken into account in future coastal planning.

Wave research studies and models factors that influence the growth of wind-generated waves. The aim is to increase the understanding of different processes in the sea surface layer.

The research of the interaction processes between the sea and the atmosphere concentrates on the exchange of greenhouse gases as well as on the physical and biogeochemical processes of the surface layer of the sea. The group is also responsible for the activity of the Finnish marine component of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observing System) and for development of the new Utö atmospheric and marine research station.

The research group uses data from wave buoys, tide gauges on the Finnish coast, the research vessel Aranda, the Utö atmospheric and marine research station as well as sea level and wave models as well as infrastructures provided by the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure FINMARI. The wave and sea level research provides knowledge for coastal planning and construction as well as for waterway planning while taking into account the effects of climate change.