CoastClim research centre aims to understand the coastal environment’s role in the climate puzzle with support from Neste

2.9.2022
The new multidisciplinary coastal ecosystem and climate research centre CoastClim has started a five-year collaboration with Neste. The aim of the research is to provide a coherent understanding of the interactions between the processes in the coastal environments of the Baltic Sea and the atmosphere, in relation to climate change mitigation.

- All societal actors are needed to find solutions to future sustainability problems. The knowledge generated by basic research can be used as a basis for insightful management, which is why it is important to support it, says Alf Norkko, Professor of Baltic Sea Research.

The research project has attracted widespread interest from researchers and funders alike, with Neste joining as the latest partner.

- We are extremely pleased that more and more actors are getting involved in creating a framework for new basic research. To implement a research centre of this scale and create new knowledge, we need broad support, says Alf Norkko.

The collaboration with Neste will enable important basic research over the next five years and will provide groundbreaking new knowledge on the role of coastal habitats in climate change mitigation.

- Combating climate change requires comprehensive research and large-scale cooperation between different actors. We are pleased to be able to support the realisation of our common goals through this collaboration, says Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President, Innovation at Neste.

NESTE AND COASTCLIM

The CoastClim research centre is a strategic collaboration between the Tvärminne Zoological Station and the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (INAR) at the University of Helsinki and the Baltic Sea Centre and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at University of Stockholm.

For the first time in the Baltic Sea region, experts in marine ecology, biogeochemistry and  atmospheric science are working together to tackle the climate issue. In total, around 35 scientists and technical experts from both sides of the Baltic Sea are working together to learn more about how coastal marine environments and the atmosphere interact and what this means for the climate.

Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable aviation fuel and renewable diesel, as well as renewable raw material solutions for the polymer and chemical industries. Neste’s research and innovation work supports business change and technology development on a broad scale and plays a key role in finding new growth platforms for renewable and circular economy solutions.

Contact:

Professor Alf Norkko, Tvärminne Zoological Station, alf.norkko@helsinki.fi, +358 50 5686766