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Curriculum vitae


2014 Title of Docent (in meteorology), Faculty of Science, UHEL, Finland

2009 PhD in meteorology, Dept. of Physics, UHEL, Finland

2006 MSc in meteorology, Dept. of Physics, UHEL, Finland

Current positions: 2022–present, Professor, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) & Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), UHEL, Finland

Previous positions

2018–2022, Associate professor (Tenure track), INAR & HELSUS, UHEL, Finland

2014–2018 University Researcher, INAR, UHEL, Finland

2010–2014 Post-doctoral researcher, Dept. of Physics, UHEL, Finland

2009–2010 Research associate, Dept. of Geography, King’s College London, UK

2006–2009 Doctoral student, Dept. of Physics, UHEL, Finland

Major research funding: In total of 3.8 Me of funding awarded as PI/co-PI including the Strategic Research Council research project CO-CARBON (2020-2026, 1.26 Me), The Research Council of Finland funded GHUGS (2024-2028, 450 000 e), AIForLessAuto (2022-2024, 420 000 e), CousCOUS (2020-2024, 329 845 e) and Carbocity (2019-2023, 299 676), EU framework H2020 research project PAUL (2021-2025, 395 750 e) and the Academy of Finland post-doctoral research fellowship (2011-2013, 239 480 e).

Publications: 76 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals (Web of Science H-index = 28;  Google Scholar H-index: 32, Sep 2023). Total number of citations in Web of Science >2500.

Main scientific contribution: My research focuses on urban climate, air pollution and greenhouse gases using a wide range of theoretical and experimental methods. I use the eddy covariance technique to measure urban surface exchange of atmospheric pollutants, GHGs, energy and water, and develop urban land surface models and large eddy simulation models to better consider urban surface and its variability. I generate solutions how urban air quality and climate could be improved and greenhouse gas emissions decreased. 

Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers: 7 postdocs, 12 PhD students, 17 undergraduate students

Current teaching activities: Basics of Climatology (2 ECTS); Physical Climatology (3 ECTS); Urban Climate (5 ECTS); Atmospheric and Earth Sciences Today

Awards and honours: Timothy Oke Award 2021, International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)

Selected key academic merits

  • 2019-present, Editorial Board Member for Geocientific Model Development
  • 2014-present PI of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) station
  • 2008-present Referee for 36 scientific publications in 18 journals
  • 2007-present 77 peer-reviewed articles
  • 2018-present, Session convener, ICOS Science Conference
  • 2024 External examiner of a doctoral thesis, Univ of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2023 Pre-Examiner of a doctoral thesis, Univ of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • 2023 External examiner of a doctoral thesis, Univ Paris-Saclay, France
  • 2022 Invited lecture and teacher, Urban Climate Summer School, Bochum, Germany
  • 2022 External examiner of a doctoral thesis, City Univ of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2022 Pre-examiner of a doctoral thesis, Faculty of Science, Univ of Oulu, Finland
  • 2021 External evaluator for Senior lecturer, Swedish Uni of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden2019–2021 Member of Sustainability Self-Steering Committee of UNA Europa;
  • 2018-2021, Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports
  • 2016-2020 Board member of IAUC
  • 2015-2020 Steering committee member of the Master Program in Atmospheric Sciences, UHEL, Finland
  • 2020 Evaluator of international funding applications, Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium
  • 2019 Workshop on strategies to monitor greenhouse gases in urban environments, Helsinki/Hyytiälä, Finland, main organizer, 29 participants
  • 2019 Invited lecture, SUBLIME workshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2017 Invited lecture, Urban Climate Summer School, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2017 Workshop In-situ aerosol particle flux measurements – post-processing and analysis, Hyytiälä Forestry Field station, Finland, main organizer, 22 participants
  • 2017 Seminar Drones in research and research infrastructures, Helsinki, Finland, main organizer, 70 participants
  • 2016 Pre-examiner of a doctoral thesis, Dept. of Forest Sciences, Univ or Helsinki, Finland
  • 2016 External examiner of a doctoral thesis, Dept. of Geography, Maynooth Univ, Ireland

Media coverage, interviews and articles: 2014 Media interview for When turbulence is undetected and what will happen to it in the future (in Finnish), Helsingin Sanomat; 2024 Media interview for Father living in Kalasatama thinks it is a pity to show a parking instead of a tree to his children (in Finnish); 2023 Media interview for City requested birdhouses to all trees, but nearly all trees were cut-down – at the same time their shadows disappeared (in Finnish); 2023 Media interview for Planting street creates new source over carbon sink, Helsingin Sanomat; 2022 Opinion writing The carbon sinks of urban nature need to be strengthened, opinion writing, Helsingin Sanomat; 2022 Media interview for Trees cool European cities, street tree can sequester even more carbon than tree growing in a forest (in Finnish), Helsingin Sanomat; 2021 Media interview for Winter has separated Helsinki from central European Climate, but this is about to change – These phenomena Helsinki needs to prepare, Helsingin Sanomat; 2020 Different height trees should be planted in street canyons as it might moderate local air quality (In Finnish), Helsingin Sanomat; 2020 Scientists claim most urban streets should be tree-free to reduce air pollution, Inews; 2020 Variance in tree species results in the cleanest urban air, ScienceDaily; 2020 The cleanest air in boulevard is obtained with changing street trees, best ones would be treeless canyons (in Finnish), YLE; 2019 In which cities it is heathiest to breathe? (in Finnish), Kauppalehti Optio; 2018 Spy for city-air (in Finnish) in Helsingin Sanomat; 2017 This drone does not spy but measures air quality – the results can solve how the Helsinki City Boulevards will look (in Finnish), Helsingin Sanomat; 2015 Interviewed for article Urban stories from Helsinki (in Finnish), Yliopisto-magazine; 2015 Article Festande invånare påverkar klimatet (in Swedish), Hufvudstadsbladet; 2012 Article Vegetation rules in carbon neutral city (in Finnish), Tiede-magazine.

Selected research communication: Panel discussion member More nature to cities at Climate Change and Biodiversity Now event series, 2023, Helsinki, Finland; Presentation Carbon sinks in urban vegetation at event organized City of Joensuu, 2023, online; Panel member in Systematic observation of greenhouse gases (GHG) to support climate action in cities and regions, 2022, COP27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; Visiting teacher, Kumpula school garden Science camp, 2021-2022, Helsinki, Finland; Pinnalla program panel discussion IPCC Climate report message to Finland, 2022, Helsinki, Finland; Keynote/expert commentator, Networks for co-creating and constructing carbon-smart and resilient cities, 2021, COP26, Glasgow, UK; Climate webinar for high-school students, 2021, online

Fields of Science

  • 114 Physical sciences
  • Micrometeorology
  • Urban Geography

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.