Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Doctoral Programme in Geosciences (GeoDoc) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate research training programme for students interested in Earth's crust, its dynamics, phenomena and social dimensions. Geosciences have a significant role in solving global problems and challenges, such as energy and raw material sufficiency, climate change, and chemicalization of the environment which has led to an increased demand of geoscientists in all sectors nationally and internationally. Finland is located on the edge of the Arctic region which has significant natural resources but is also highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. In addition, Finland's bedrock has exceptional discovery potential for many hi-tech metals and critical minerals which provide excellent circumstances for geoscientific research and innovations. Disciplines represented in GeoDoc also make a decisive contribution to the understanding of and anticipation to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic activities and extreme climatic events. International scientific collaboration networks, high-class infrastructure, multidisciplinary and high quality supervision practice of GeoDoc will support postgraduate research and help develop the researcher identity of doctoral students, and develop their competence for demanding international expert positions in geosciences.

GeoDoc offers high quality postgraduate degree studies, research infrastructure, facilities, and supervision in Geology, Physical Geography, Solid Earth Geophysics, and parts of Archaeology. Research focal areas are Biogeography, Economic Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Global Change, Hydrogeography, Hydrogeology, Isotope Geology, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, Petrology, Quaternary Geology, Raw materials of Earth's crust, Remote Sensing, Sedimentology, Seismology, and Spatial Modelling. GeoDoc is a joint programme of the Department of Geosciences and Geography, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2013 2023

ICAAP: Increasing Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands

Gallego-Sala, A., Charman, D., Anderson, K., Amesbury, M., Crichton, M., Garneau, M., Fortier, D., Väliranta, M., Koroleva, N., Beilman, D., Swidles, G., Brovkin, V., Kleinen, T. & Joos, F.


Project: Research project

TundraPEAT: Peat Expansion in Arctic Tundra - Pattern, Process, and the Implication for the Carbon Cycle

Yu, Z., Camill, P., Frolking, S., Loisel, J., Zhuang, Q., Väliranta, M., Korhola, A. & +11, I. C.


Project: Research project

Publications 2004 2019

A comprehensive evaluation of predictive performance of 33 species distribution models at species and community levels

Norberg, A., Abrego Antia, N., Blanchet, F. G., Adler, F. R., Anderson, B. J., Anttila, J., Araújo, M. B., Dallas, T. A., Dunson, D., Elith, J., Foster, S., Fox, R., Franklin, J., Godsoe, W., Guisan, A., O'Hara, B., Hill, N. A., Holt, R. D., Hui, F. K. C., Husby, M. & 15 othersKålås, J. A., Lehikoinen, A., Luoto, M., Mod, H. K., Newell, G., Renner, I., Roslin, T. V., Soininen, J., Thuiller, W., Vanhatalo, J. P., Warton, D., White, M., Zimmermann, N. E., Gravel, D. & Ovaskainen, O. T., 2 May 2019, In : Ecological Monographs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A Ground-Motion Prediction Equation for Fennoscandian Nuclear Installations

Fülöp, L., Jussila, V., Aapasuo, R. M., Vuorinen, T. A. T. & Mäntyniemi, P. B., 2019, (Submitted) In : Natural Hazards.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A major genetic turnover in the Finnish population since the Iron Age

Salmela, E., Majander, K., Lamnidis, T. C., Salo, K. H., Översti, S., Arppe, L., Belskiy, S., Etu-Sihvola, H., Laakso, V., Mikkola, E., Oinonen, M., Moilanen, U., Taavitsainen, J-P., Vuoristo, K., Wessman, A., Schiffels, S., Krause, J. & Onkamo, P., 3 Apr 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

Application of surface-wave tomography to mineral exploration: a case study from Siilinjärvi, Finland.

Da Col, F., Papadopoulou, M., Socco, L. V., Koivisto, E., Sito, L. & Savolainen, M., Apr 2019, (Submitted) In : Geophysical Prospecting.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Are drivers of microbial diatom distributions context dependent in human impacted and pristine environments?

Pajunen, V., Jyrkänkallio-Mikkola, J., Luoto, M. & Soininen, J., 4 May 2019, In : Ecological Applications. 0, ja, p. e01917

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2019

Peatlands under pressure - lessons from the past

Minna Väliranta (Speaker)
8 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Geografilärares olika tillvägagångssätt i klassrum med elever med invandrarbakgrund

Petteri Muukkonen (Speaker)
29 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Talk at the University of Jyväskylä

Markku Juhani Oinonen (Speaker)
26 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Fredrik Bogren

Minna Väliranta (Host)
11 Feb 201915 Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Ecological Indicators (Journal)

Petteri Muukkonen (Reviewer)
11 May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


Award for the Master’s Thesis of the highest-grade

Olli Ruth (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Prizes and awards

Euran avain

Heli Etu-Sihvola (Recipient), 8 Jun 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

Kutsuvieras: Serbian suurlähettilään juhlavastaanotto

Arto Luttinen (Recipient), 15 Feb 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards


NOW database

Fortelius, M. (Creator), The NOW (New and Old Worlds), 1996


Press / Media

Asiantuntijalausuntoja Kalifornian maanjäristyksistä 4. ja 6.7.2019

Päivi Mäntyniemi


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Asiantuntijoina Suomen seismisyydestä

Päivi Mäntyniemi & Jari Kortström


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Supikoira on selviytyjä

Suvi Viranta-Kovanen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu YLE pakolaisuus / ympäristöturvallisuus

Jussi T. Eronen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media