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  • PL 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2)

    00014

    Finland

  • Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

1993 …2022

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

I am professor of geoinformatics with primary focus on remote sensing applications on land cover and impact of human-nature interactions on the environment. My research group applies mostly optical remote sensing data including hyperspectral data and laser scanner data. During the last decade the focus has been in Africa, and particularly land cover and land use change caused by agricultural expansion and conservation, and its impact on water resources, biodiversity, climate and livelihoods. Earlier I have been involved in remote sensing research of glaciers as indicators of climate change and developing remote sensing systems and correction procedures for radiometry and geometry of the data.

I am also a director of multidisciplinary Taita Research Station of the University of Helsinki in Kenya, which provides research questions and solutions from sustainability science to Earth system science for students and staff of our university and others. It is a gateway to Africa to many young researchers. Please read more activities of it at the Taita Research Station homepages: blogs.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station/ 

As reflected in the projects and my papers on the portal, my background is in physical geography and development geography, which I currently still work on with the tools and methods provided by geoinformatics. Currently I am open to see environmental problems in a holistic way in the field of Earth system science and Sustainability Science.

Education/Academic qualification

Geographical remote sensing, Adjuct professor, University of Turku

Remote Sensing, PhD, University of Oulu

External positions

Member of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering, Academy of Finland

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Fields of Science

  • 1171 Geosciences
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 5203 Development Studies

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

Publications

Climatic impacts of bushland to cropland conversion in Eastern Africa

Abera, T., Heiskanen, J., Pellikka, P., Adhikari, H. & Maeda, E., 15 May 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 717, 137255, 12 p., 137255.

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Impact of rainfall extremes on energy exchange and surface temperature anomalies across biomes in the Horn of Africa

Abera, T., Heiskanen, J., Pellikka, P. & Maeda, E., 15 Jan 2020, In : Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 280, 13 p., 107779.

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Mapping forest structural heterogeneity of tropical montane forest remnants from airborne laser scanning and Landsat time series

Adhikari, H., Valbuena, R., Pellikka, P. & Heiskanen, J., Jan 2020, In : Ecological Indicators. 108, 16 p., 105739.

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Primates on the farm - spatial patterns of human-wildlife conflict in forest-agricultural landscape mosaic in Taita Hills, Kenya

Siljander, M., Kuronen, T., Johansson, T., Munyao, M. N. & Pellikka, P. K. E., Apr 2020, In : Applied Geography. 117, 13 p., 102185.

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Root-zone soil moisture variability across African savannas: From pulsed rainfall to landcover switches

Räsänen, M., Merbold, L., Vakkari, V., Aurela, M., Laakso, L., Beukes, J. P., Zyl, P. G. V., Josipovic, M., Feig, G., Pellikka, P., Rinne, J. & Katul, G., 23 Apr 2020, In : Ecohydrology. 37 p.

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Projects

Prizes

Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian jäsenyys

Petri Pellikka (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

PhD studies supervision of James Mwangombe

Petri Pellikka (Supervisor), Tino Petri Johansson (Co-supervisor), Maria Brockhaus (Co-supervisor), Eshetu Yirdaw Eshetu (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group), Maija Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group)
2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Justin Maghanga

Petri Pellikka (Host), Mika Siljander (Host), Antti Autio (Host)
29 Sep 201912 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

University of Nairobi

Petri Pellikka (Visiting researcher)
25 May 201930 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

University of Nairobi

Petri Pellikka (Visiting researcher)
24 Nov 201928 Nov 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

IHE Delft

Petri Pellikka (Visiting researcher)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media

Drones in urban environment

Petri Pellikka

25/09/2018

1 Media contribution

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Land cover and climate change research in the Taita Hills, Kenya

Petri Pellikka

17/08/2011

1 Media contribution

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Kalifornian metsäpalojen syyt ja seuraukset lokakuussa 2003

Petri Pellikka

30/10/2003

1 Media contribution

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