Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station belongs to the Infrastructure units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki. Its mission is to enable forestry teaching and research in the field conditions. Hyytiälä was originally established as a forestry station but nowadays encompasses a wide array of international interdisclipinary research at multiple scales of ecosystems and atmosphere. The station is located in the middle of extensive state-owned forests and peatlands where research access to many types of field sites can usually be arranged. The station hosts year-round facilities for field work and scientific meetings (lecture rooms, equipment, laboratory, accommodation, catering, transportation).
The station operates many long-term field measurement sites that may provide useful background information for field studies. The station incorporates SMEAR, the world-class station for measuring ecosystem-atmosphere relations. SMEAR operates continuously and monitores variables related forest ecophysiology and productivity, soil and water balance, meteorology, solar and terrestrial radiation, fluxes, ambient concentrations, atmospheric aerosols, deposition etc. SMEAR provides open data applicable as supplementary information for many studies.
Equipment is readily available for forest mensuration, and for collecting, processing and measuring samples of material from trees and other plants.