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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


  • 1171 Geosciences
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 5203 Development Studies

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

Publications 1993 2019

Detection of the dispersion and residence of volcanic SO2 and sulfate aerosol from Nabro in 2011

Liu, Y., Pellikka, P. K. E., Li, H. & Fang, X., 15 Jan 2019, In : Atmospheric Environment. 197, p. 36-44 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Predictive mapping of mosquito distribution based on environmental and anthropogenic factors in Taita Hills, Kenya

Uusitalo, R. J., Siljander, M., Culverwell, C. L., Mutai, N., Forbes, K. M., Vapalahti, O. & Pellikka, P. K. E., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 76, p. 84-92 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Reflectance variation in boreal landscape during the snow melting period using airborne imaging spectroscopy

Heinilä, K., Salminen, M., Metsämäki, S., Pellikka, P. K. E., Koponen, S. & Pulliainen, J., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 76, p. 66-76 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Termite mound architecture regulates nest temperature and correlates with species identities of symbiotic fungi.

Vesala, R., Harjuntausta, A., Hakkarainen, A., Rönnholm, P., Pellikka, P. & Rikkinen, J., 16 Jan 2019, In : PeerJ. 6, 20 p., 6237.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Web map application to support spatial planning, decision-making and transition towards climate-smart landscapes in the Taita Hills, Kenya

Johansson, T. P., Heiskanen, J., Siljander, M. & Pellikka, P. K. E., 17 Jan 2019, Geospatial Challenges in the 21st Century. Koutsopoulos, K., de Miguel Gonzales, R. & Donert, K. (eds.). Springer, Cham, p. 173-187

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Projects 2001 2022

GHG-TAITA: Greenhouse gas emissions (CH4, N2O, CO2) from dominant land cover types in Taita Hills region, Kenya

Pellikka, P. K. E., Wachiye, S., Räsänen, M. T., Rinne, J. & Merbold, L.


Project: Research project_Research

Geospatial monitoring and modelling of environmental change using geoinformatics (GIMMEC)

Pellikka, P. K. E., Hjort, J., Luoto, M. S., Stenberg, P., Anttila, S., Clark, B., Gonsamo Gosa, A., Heiskanen, J. H., Hendriks, J., Tokola, N., Hohenthal, J. M., Johansson, T. P., Maeda, E. E., Muukkonen, S. P., Mäkiaho, J., Mõttus, M., Heinilä, A. M. K., Omoro, L., Rautiainen, M., Salonen, M. P., Siljander, M., Toivonen, T. K. & Virtanen, T. A.

28/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian jäsenyys

Petri Kauko Emil Pellikka (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1998 2019

Nordic Remote Sensing Conference

Petri Pellikka (Scientific Committee Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Academy of Finland (External organisation)

Petri Pellikka (Board member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

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

Applied Geography (Journal)

Petri Pellikka (Reviewer)

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

PhD thesis supervision of Tenaw Gerenew

Petri Pellikka (Supervisor), Alemu Gonsamo (Co-supervisor), Worku Zewdie (Co-supervisor)
2018 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Press / Media

Drones in urban environment

Petri Kauko Emil Pellikka


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media