Our research community addresses two urgent global grand challenges: climate change and air pollution. We are involved in studying fundamental questions at the heart of the coupled air quality-climate change problem. These include natural and anthropogenic emissions, natural feedback mechanisms, mitigation policies and actions, including their legal and technical aspects, as well as human health effects of these environmental problems.
Together our research groups that represent different disciplines aim to quantify various direct and indirect health effects of climate change and mitigation measures, and to increase understanding on effect pathways. Our research focus related to the natural feedback mechanisms is on biosphere-atmosphere interactions, biological responses to management and climate change, and aerosol forcing in the changing ecosystems. We also focus on CO2 recirculation (renewable fuels and chemicals) and overall emission reduction technologies in small scale energy production, transportation (catalysts and battery technology), and further the interplay between new technologies, air pollutants, human health and climate. Our research also covers the functioning of climate law and policy at the international, European, national and sub-national levels, as well as gaps, linkages and synergies in the regulation of climate change and air quality.
Overall, the research community conducts scientifically significant, internationally recognized multidisciplinary research of wide societal relevance and impact.
Researchers' knowledge of atmospheric fine particles, aerosols, remains incomplete. However, in order to explain global climate change, an increasingly accurate understanding of the life cycle of nanoparticles and their interaction with clouds are necessary.
Professor, Head of the Aerosol Physics Research Group
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Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, Department of Technical Physics
Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, School of Forest Sciences
- Professor Annele Virtanen, Aerosol Physics (APG)
- Professor Kari Lehtinen, Aerosol Physics (APG)
- Associate Professor (tenure track) Aku Seppänen, Inverse Problems (IPG)
- Professor Mika Suvanto, Environmental Catalysis (EC)
- Professor Jukka Pumpanen, Biogeochemistry (BGC)
- Associate Professor James Blande, Environmental Ecology (EERG)
- Professor Timo Lanki, Environmental Epidemiology (EPI)
- Associate Professor Olli Sippula, Fine particle laboratory (FINE)
- Research Director Pertti Pasanen, Indoor Environment and Occupational Health (IEH)
- Associate Professor Pasi Jalava, Inhalation Toxicology (INTOLA)
- Professor Frank Berninger, Plant Ecology (PEG)
- Professor Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, Peatland and Soil Ecology (PSE)
- Professor Kati Kulovesi, Climate Law (CL)