Faculty of Science


Markku Kulmala

Markku Kulmala directs the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Department of Physics, and has served as a professor at the University of Helsinki since 1996.

Kulmala also acts as Director for the Centre of Excellence, appointed by the Academy of Finland (Research Unit on Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change), and for the Nordic Centre of Excellence (Biosphere-Atmosphere-Cloud-Climate Interactions, BACCI) as well as for the NorFa Graduate School (Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, CBACCI).

Over 70 persons work at the Division of Atmospheric Sciences, where the central research areas include the effects of atmospheric aerosols on the climate and human health, the microphysics of clouds and the connections between the biosphere, aerosols, clouds and the climate.

The Division engages in empirical and theoretical research, which ranges from the nanometric to the global scales. The research is both international and multidisciplinary: the Division of Atmospheric Sciences actively co-operates with dozens of international research groups, and the research is conducted via methods used in Physics, Chemistry, Meteorology and Biology.

Continuous measurements have been performed for years at SMEAR field stations in Hyytiälä, Värriö and Helsinki, and have added to the international esteem of the research units directed by Kulmala. The versatile time series, performed in Hyytiälä and which measure the interactions between the forest and the atmosphere, are especially significant. The time series related to the generation of atmospheric small particles is the first and the most long-lasting of its kind.

For his research merits, Markku Kulmala received the Finnish Science Prize in 2003 as well as the International Aerosol Fellow award of the International Aerosol Research Assembly (IARA) in 2004.

Contact information :
Markku Kulmala
Department of Physics
Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Physicum, room A410
Tel. +358 (0)9 191 50756
E-mail: markku.kulmala(at)helsinki.fi