We are a team of environmental scientists, geographers and ecologists working together to investigate the impacts of global change on ecosystem dynamics through the use of remote sensing techniques.
Eduardo Maeda

Eduardo is an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing at the Department of Geosciences and Geography and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). He is a science enthusiast with particular interest in applying geospatial technology to understand the relations between nature and humans. He leads several research projects and international collaboration with leading scientists worldwide. His current research topics focus on the understanding of environmental changes in terrestrial ecosystems, mainly using remote sensing and modelling tools.

Sara Alibakhshi

Sara Alibakhshi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. Sara Alibakhshi pursued her doctoral studies in Geoinformatics at Aalto University, specializing in the application of statistical, mathematical, and machine learning models for geospatial data analysis, particularly in the context of climate change mitigation.

At the University of Helsinki, she focuses on developing methodologies for the analysis of geospatial data related to forests, including aspects such as reforestation and deforestation, and their implications for climate change.

Iris Aalto

Iris is a PhD student in the University of Helsinki and University of Edinburgh Partnership Programme on Forests. She is interested in sustainable natural resource management using the tools of remote sensing, and her current research is about boreal forest microclimates and how management activities are shaping them. She did her Master's degree in Geoinformatics in the University of Helsinki

Erone Ghizoni Santos

Erone is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, whose research focuses on investigating the logging effects on Borneo's forests through the use of Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS). He is a Forest Engineer from the University of Santa Catarina and obtained his master's degree in Remote Sensing from the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil. 

Zhimin Ma

Ma Zhimin is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki. She is interested in forest structure and microclimate in the Amazon region. Her research focuses on how macroclimate changes affect forest microclimate, based on remote sensing tools such as drones and terrestrial laser scanning. She completed her master's degree studies in hydraulic engineering at Sun Yat-sen University.

Jonathan Terschanski

Jonathan is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki. His project focuses on identifying green areas that mitigate urban heat, understanding the structural dynamics in urban vegetation controlling these mitigating effects, and evaluating urban microclimate vulnerability amidst climate change. He obtained his master's degree in Geography with a specialization in environmental systems and Global Change from the University of Bonn in Germany.

Jinlin Jia

Jinlin is a visiting researcher at the University of Helsinki and a PhD candidate of the University of Hong Kong. He is interested in forest structures and microclimate, especially in the tropical montane areas. He enjoys participating in field monitoring with all sorts of fashionable high-tech equipment, such as drones, terrestrial laser scanning and unmanned boats. He completed his master's research on urban remote sensing and stormwater management at the Southern University of Science and Technology.

Eemil Becker

Eemil is an MSc student in geoinformatics. He's interested in remote sensing and forest ecology. In his thesis he's trying to assess the ecological value of individual trees with the use of TLS data and tree microhabitats. The thesis is done as a collaborative project with PreFor Oy (Precision Forestry) and the data used in the thesis was collected in Leipzig area, Germany.

Aleksi Auvinen

Aleksi is an MSc student at the University of Helsinki. He is interested in forest ecology and protected areas. 
His current research focuses on microclimates in different forest types in Scotland. 
By using remote sensing and modelling tools, he is trying to find out how different forest types affect forest microclimates. 
In his thesis he works on the same topics.


Eleanor Downie got her MSc about the use of virtual forest to investigate the long term impact of forest fragmentation in the Amazon.