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The MONICOAST coastal observatory sends data to an online portal, where you can follow how temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH and turbidity changes in the sea outside Tvärminne Zoological Station on the Hanko peninsula.

MONICOAST (MONItoring of COASTal habitats) is about understanding and visualising the impacts of long-term environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in key habitats. Automatic data loggers are deployed in coastal habitats such as seagrass meadows, bladder wrack belts and mussel beds. These habitats are highly diverse and provide crucial habitats for a wide range of organisms. Nevertheless, information on the natural variability (on a daily, seasonal and interannual scale) as well as the impact of long-term changes in, for example, temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH and turbidity for the functioning of these habitats is lacking.

MONICOAST will also convey the importance of these habitats to the general public through underwater photos, videos and 360 Virtual Reality videos that will be filmed next year.   

This project runs on external funding and was initiated as a collaboration between DROPP and TZS. If you are interested in sponsoring a new data logger (or part of a logger), please contact Joanna Norkko.