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.


Helsinki Geoscience Laboratories (Hellabs)

Christoph Beier (Manager), Juhani Virkanen (Operator), Hanna Maaria Reijola (Operator), Radek Michallik (Operator) & Tuija Birgitta Vaahtojärvi (Operator)

Department of Geosciences and Geography

Facility/equipment: Research Laboratory

Kouvolan seisminen tutkimusverkko

Tuija Luhta (Operator), Timo Tiira (Manager) & Kari Komminaho (Operator)

Institute of Seismology

Facility/equipment: Equipment


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

Microclimatic heterogeneity diverts Arctic change trajectories

Aalto, J. & Tyystjärvi, V.

Valtion perusrahoitus/hankkeet


Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project



Vybornov, A. A., Vasilyeva, I. N., Kulkova, M. A., Oinonen, M., Possnert, G. & Nesterova, L. A., 2020, In : Science journal of Volgograd State University. History, area studies, international relations. 25, 1, p. 141-151 11 p.

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., 12 May 2020, In : Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Ajattelun taidon tasot maantieteen ylioppilaskokeessa taloudellisen kestävän kehityksen koekysymyksissä ja vastauksissa

Leivo, J., Ruth, O. & Muukkonen, P., 2020, (Submitted) In : Ainedidaktiikka.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Community size can affect the signals of ecological drift and niche selection on biodiversity

Siqueira, T., Saito, V. S., Bini, L. M., Melo, A. S., Petsch, D. K., Landeiro, V. L., Tolonen, K. T., Jyrkänkallio-Mikkola, J., Soininen, J. & Heino, J., 18 Feb 2020, In : Ecology. p. e03014

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Environmental Research Letters (Journal)

Temesgen Abera (Reviewer)
27 Mar 2020

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

Panel discussion on archaeological collections

Markku Oinonen (Participant)
10 Mar 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Tiedekasvatusta "Tutkija tavattavissa" -palvelussa, Nuorten Tiedeakatemia

Petteri Muukkonen (Speaker)
17 Apr 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


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

Press / Media

MTV Viiden jälkeen - interview

Jussi Heinonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Asiantuntijalausunto Chilen maanjäristyksestä 22.5.1960

Päivi Mäntyniemi


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview to Helsingin Sanomat about the Earth's mantle

Jussi Heinonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Tutkimus: Euroopan syvin maankuori sijaitsee Jyväskylän seudulla

Toni Veikkolainen, Timo Tiira, Sakari Väkevä, Kari Komminaho, Aku Heinonen, Annakaisa Korja, Tomasz Janik & Tymon Skrzynik


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media