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Environmental Change Research Unit - ECRU


Contact information:

Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU)
Department of Environmental Sciences
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Phone: +358-9-1911
(main switch board)
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Jan Weckström



"doom-day clouds", Photo:Jan Weckström

Welcome to the Environmental Change Research Unit at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

The ECRU, headed by Atte Korhola, forms one of the many research groups at the Department of Environmental Sciences being an integral part of its Division of Environmental Change and Politics. The central research theme in the ECRU is the development and application of empirical, computational and modeling tools to detect global environmental changes and to analyse their ecological and societal impacts. We are particularly interested in longer-term climatic changes, carbon cycling, ecosystem feedbacks, black carbon, freshwater, wetland and coastal ecology, biodiversity, lake optical environments, and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. We mostly work on arctic environments.

The research group presently comprises more than 10 people with a wide spectrum of research interests and skills. We have four Principal Investigators (PI) that lead various sub-projects. The group is involved in many international and national research programs, including the leadership of the IGBP PAGES Arctic 2k Working Group.

We hope you will find the following pages interesting. If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.