Emilia Koivisto

Emilia Koivisto

Docent (Solid Earth Geophysics)

  • PL 68 (Pietari Kalmin katu 5)




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Description of research and teaching


Most recently my industry-related research has focused on the development of geophysical hard rock mineral exploration and mine planning methods. For example, our COGITO-MIN project 2016-2018 (funded through the ERA-MIN network), in collaboration with research institutions and industry partners from Finland and Poland, aimed to develop cost-effective, novel active and passive seismic exploration methods. The University of Helsinki was also a partner in the large H2020 Smart Exploration project 2018-2020 (https://smartexploration.eu/); in particular, through the role of the task leader of passive-active 3D seismic survey at the Siiilinjärvi phosphate mine site. Currently, my main focus is on coordination of the buildup of the FLEX-EPOS seismic instrument pool - a join venture of several Finnish research institutions.

My other current research interests include for example utilization of geophysical methods (e.g. ground penetrating radar) in hydrogeological and environmental studies. However, my PhD research focused on quantification of plate motion, and the uncertainties of such motion, relative to the hotspots, i.e., while my current focus is on applied geophysics, my background is in global geophysics.

I teach a variety of university courses in geophysics (for example MSc courses Applied Geophysics, Field Course of Solid Earth Geophysics, Seismic Structural Studies, Ground Penetrating Radar).

I am interested in working at the intersection of science and policy, and have past experience for example on foresight analysis for strategic planning as part of the ICSU (International Council for Science) Foresight process, which I had the opportunity to participate in 2010.



I teach a wide range of courses in applied geophysics. Currently, I am also working on a MOOC course on the methods of applied geophysics in mineral exploration (to be launched by the end of 2021).

Currently, my courses include:

Bachelor`s level (Bachelor`s Programme in Geosciences)

GEOK_101 Geologiset prosessit (Geological processes), 5 cr (one of several lecturers)

GEOK_2052 Sedimentologian kenttäkurssi (Field course of sedimentology), 5 cr (one of several lecturers)

Master`s level (Master`s Programme in Geology and Geophysics)

GEOM_S2011 Applied geophysics, 5 cr

GEOM_S2012 Field course of solid earth geophysics, 5 cr

GEOM_S2073 Seismic structural studies, 5 cr

GEOM_S2031 Ground penetrating radar, 5 cr


Find me online

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/emilia-koivisto/29/6a7/122

Google citations: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=mpdMbI0AAAAJ&hl=en

Fields of Science

  • 1171 Geosciences
  • Seismology
  • Tectonics
  • Paleomagnetism

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.