Hyytiälä maintains facilities for conducting research and field education related to Nordic boreal forest zone. The station and its surroundings encompass a wide choice of resources, which make it possible to implement varied research activities. Hyytiälä also contributes to several international research infrastructures through its high-quality and comprehensive SMEAR observations and by providing exploratory platforms.
Negotiable research access and sampling permits to nearly 40 km2 of surrounding state-owned forests, peatlands and small lakes. Significant nature conservation areas nearby.
Hyytiälä can provide
- Lecture rooms, equipment, laboratory, wood and metal workshops, accommodation, catering, transportation
- Equipment for forest mensuration, and for collecting, processing and measuring samples of material from trees and other plants
- Laboratory for basic analyses and for pre-treatment and storage of samples for later processing
- Good choice of forest industry located nearby
- Central location within Finland
Long-term field measurement sites provide useful information for field studies. Information available on tree and forest development, management history and experimental treatments. Data on forest types, species composition, stand characteristics etc. available.
SMEAR: Station for Measuring Ecosystem-Atmosphere Relations (1995-) includes a 128 m measurement mast and measurement towers within and above tree canopy.
The station continuously monitors
- forest ecophysiology and productivity
- soil and water balance
- solar and terrestrial radiation
- ambient concentrations
- atmospheric aerosols
Similar processes are being monitored also in a nearby lake and peatland area. Data is available online.
Hyytiälä is a member in the network of Finnish research stations, which can be used for field activities as a whole.