News Grants 09.06.2006 Scientific Analysis of Finland’s Long-term Environmental Records Share: During 2006, Kone Foundation offered specially allocated funding for scientific analysis of long-term changes in the natural environment. Finland has some of the world’s longest records of lake and river ice cover, duration and ice thickness. Records of seasonal behaviour of animal species, seasonal appearances of various plant species and other annual changes are also among the world’s most long-ranging, in some cases dating back to the 17th century. The practical value of these records has grown radically in recent years, as they offer a reliable method of monitoring and analyzing long-term changes in the natural environment. Kone Foundation offered specially allocated funding for scientific analysis of these records and provided funding for a total of seven such projects.