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) or see researchers

Jan Weckström

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Part of the Research Programme on Climate Change (FICCA) launched by the Academy of Finland

Duration 2011-2014, Responsible leader:
Professor Atte Korhola

The research consortium has three main overall objectives:

  • Investigate, map and model the past, present and future climate change-induced changes in central ecosystems of the European Arctic with unprecedented precision
  • Deepen our understanding of the basic principles of ecosystem and social resilience and dynamics; identify key taxa, structures or processes that clearly indicate impending or realised global change through their loss, occurrence or behaviour, using analogs from the past (e.g. HTM, MWP), experiments, observations and models
  • Develop adaptation and mitigation strategies to minimize the adverse effects of climate change on local communities, traditional livelihoods, fisheries, and tourism industry and promote sustainable development of local community structures and enhance the quality of life of local human populations.

Administrative and science coordination

The consortium comprises eight interrelated work packages (WP), each lead by one prominent research group and a team leader. >> Read more