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  • Elisa Vainio 13.52 on 18.4.2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming seminar on Plants & CH4 exchange – our ERC-project kick-off event on May 3rd 

    Welcome to a seminar on Plants & CH4 exchange – our ERC-project kick-off.

    The main aim of MEMETRE project (headed by assoc. prof. Mari Pihlatie), is to raise the process-based understanding of CH4 exchange in boreal and temperate forests to the level where we can construct a sound process model for the soil-tree-atmosphere CH4 exchange.

    This seminar will focus on CH4 exchange and the role of plants, bringing the leading scientists of the topic to present their latest findings.

    Please register for the seminar by completing the registration form to ensure your cup of coffee! The seminar is supported by the DPPS and DENVI doctoral programmes.

    Time and Place: 3rd May 2018, Viikki Campus, Biocenter 2, lecture hall 2041


    09:00-09:30 Mari Pihlatie: Welcome and a short introduction: From processes to modelling of methane emissions from trees (MEMETRE)

    09:30-10:00 Frank Keppler: Methanogenesis 2018 – An update

    10:00-10:30 Katharina Lenhart: Terrestrial Vegetation as a Source of N2O to the Atmosphere

    10:30-10:50 Coffee & tea

    10:50-11:10 Raisa Mäkipää: Linkages between decomposing fungal community, asymbiotic nitrogen (N2) fixation and methane (CH4) in dead wood

    11:10-11:40 Sunitha Pangala: The role of wetland-adapted trees in mediating methane emissions forested wetlands

    11:40-12:10 Vincent Gauci: Upland forest methane dynamics spanning broad latitudinal gradients

    12:10-12:30 Tuula Aalto: Modelling the global methane budget


    • Assoc. Prof. Mari Pihlatie, Environmental Soil Science, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
    • Prof. Frank Keppler, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    • Prof. Katharina Lenhart, Technische Hochschule Bingen – University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    • Res. Prof. Raisa Mäkipää, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland
    • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow Sunitha Pangala, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
    • Prof. Vincent Gauci, School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, The Open University, United Kingdom
    • Senior Research Scientist Tuula Aalto, Climate system research, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • 22.40 on 13.4.2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Our Group On The Road! 

    In the follow-up to our writing club, we decided to leave our offices and experience new challenges. thus we headed towards the North and the subarctic Värriö research station of the University of Helsinki.[1]



    The journey was crowned with skiing 8 km or taking a snowmobile ride to the station, which is located only some seven kilometers from the Russian border. As soon as we arrived at Värriö, the sunny weather and kind hosts promised us a really pleasant and progressive stay in the middle of inspiring northern nature. The weather was great throughout the visit, and the snowy scenery with snow-crowned trees and almost absolute silence was stunningly beautiful.


    During our time at the research station the group successfully managed to make progress in some of the ongoing manuscripts, PhD and Master’s theses, and data analysis. We also visited the SMEAR I station, made plans for future research activities there, and had time to discover the stunning surrounding nature and wildlife, take hundreds of photos from reindeer, Siberian jays and capercaillies, relax in sauna and take many dips to the hole in the ice (avanto in Finnish), and play some card games .


    Even though this trip was short, we all feel more relaxed and refreshed after four days of working in a different atmosphere. We absolutely recommend visiting the Värriö station and we are planning to go again next year – for a stay at least one day longer.



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