We are a research community within the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki. Our research is at the interface of the geosphere and biosphere, including the impacts of human actions on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and communities. From a broad range of geological and geographical point of views, we focus on understanding the past, present, and future global changes affecting both the abiotic and biotic systems and their interactions.

The BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab is focused on the spatial and temporal modelling of Earth systems, particularly patterns and processes concerning biogeography, geomorphology, and climatology, and their interactions. Besides theoretical and methodological interests in understanding and predicting species distributions, earth surface processes, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions, the lab develops models for different applied purposes in physical geography. GIS and remote sensing methods, such as remotely piloted aircraft systems, are used to study the drivers governing ecosystems and landscapes. The lab also engages in palaeoclimate science, by applying models of biotic response to study the development of climate across geological time based on fossil datasets. The lab aims to assess the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ground surface conditions, and vegetation and soil dynamics. To explore these topics, the lab is leading observational and experimental studies, statistical analyses and mathematical simulations, including bioclimate modelling and data mining - in order to understand the structure and functioning of ecosystems and landscapes at multiple scales.

Miska Luoto, Professor
J. Sakari Salonen, PhD
Juha Aalto, PhD
Heidi K. Mod, PhD
Annina K. J. Niskanen, PhD student
Henri Riihimäki, PhD student
Pekka Niittynen, PhD student
Anna-Maria Virkkala, PhD student
Julia Kemppinen, PhD student
Konsta Happonen, PhD student
Chen Liangzhi, PhD student