Our research aims at improving the understanding of forest ecological processes and the sustainable use of forests and peatlands through new information. The research focuses on for example the interactions between climate change and forest and peatland ecosystems and new methods of managing forest information. In addition, Our researchers participate in the teaching and development of degree programmes.

Find out more of the research in the discipline of Forest Ecology and Management through the websites of our research groups.

Does the forest an­swer in the way you call to it? (Finnish proverb).

Forests affect their environment in multiple ways, but their functions also depend on the changes in climate and environment. We study the processes and responses of boreal forest ecosystems on different levels, from the scale of tree parts and soil particles to the scale of landscape. We seek to understand how the environment affects the functioning of a single plant or whole forest, and how, inversely, the forests can influence their surroundings. These questions are important when trying to understand and predict the impacts of warming climate on the environment and evaluating the importance of forested areas in mitigating climate change.

Read more on Ecosystem processes website

Our group focuses on drivers causing abiotic and biotic forest disturbances, risks diminishing forest production and value, and modern methodology of forest health management. Current research covers varying spatio-temporal scales and operates from forest soils until space-borne tree health mapping.

Read more on Forest Health Group blog

Our major research focus  is the application of biotechnology knowledge and tools for the determination of ecological, molecular and biochemical pathways required by emerging fungal and forest pathogens to infect and cause disease to trees worldwide as well as the basal mechanisms on how forest tree...

Read more on Forest Pathology Research Lab blog

Ac­cur­ate geoin­form­a­tion for forestry

Spatial geoinformation is a necessity for cultivating sustainable natural resource management and a green economy. Airborne laser scanning (ALS) has enabled a technological leap forward to further the acquisition of detailed spatial geoinformation. By using ALS, one can collect geometrically accurate point clouds. These 3D data sets that use single- or multi-temporal point clouds enable a wide range of applications in the field of natural resource management. Adding a time dimension provides 4D geoinformatics. Multi-temporal geodata offers information about the history of our environment, and the 4D data can be used in modeling and simulating the future.

As part of the Department of Forest Sciences the Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) provides academic training and implements research on forests and related natural resources in tropical and developing countries. VITRI staff also undertakes national and international assignments related to tropical forest management as well as environmental and forest policy.

Read more on VITRI website

Our research vision is to study, manage and conserve wetland ecosystems. Our aim is to focus on species interactions in wetlands, and on the effect of ecosystem engineers on ecosystem structure and function.

Read more on Wetland Ecology Group blog