The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The main objective of FMI is to provide the Finnish nation with the best possible information about the atmosphere and the sea above and around Finland, for ensuring public safety relating to hazards and for satisfying requirements for specialized meteorological and oceanographic products. FMI is a leading expert in meteorology, air quality, climate change, Earth Observation, marine and arctic research areas. FMI has been involved in 86 FP6 and FP7 projects, 38 H2020 projects and 56 other EU funded projects.
The Marine Research unit aims to monitor and examine ocean and sea-ice processes in the Baltic Sea and in the polar oceans, and to understand how they interact with the climate. This research creates the foundation that is necessary for developing and improving forecasts and operative models and services, leading to safer sea transports in the Baltic and helping to prevent damage to the environment. The Marine Research Unit consists of three groups focusing on polar oceanography and sea ice, operational oceanography and air-sea interaction. Research interests of the marine research unit include development of marine observational systems, understanding variability and changes of the physical environment in the polar oceans, development of wave-ice-ocean numerical models, development of operational oceanographic modelling systems and remote sensing methods.