Professor, Physical geography

Miska Luoto is a physical geographer who is interested in spatial and temporal modelling of Earth systems, particularly biogeographical, climatological and geomorphological patterns and processes. Besides theoretical and methodological interests in understanding and predicting species distributions, ecosystem properties and earth surface processes, Miska Luoto with his research group is developing models for different applied purposes. He is particularly focused on assessing the potential impact of climate change on biodiversity, ground surface conditions and vegetation dynamics. To explore these topics, he is leading observational and experimental studies, statistical analyses of empirical data and mathematical simulations, including bioclimate modelling and data mining utilizing remote sensing and GIS data products. The main study area is in the Scandinavian Mountains, a high-latitude landscape in northernmost Finland and Norway at the 68-70° N latitudes. Miska Luoto's group also works at larger areas: Finland, Europe and globally.

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Research group pages: BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab

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