Current research projects

Our currently active research projects

Nationally funded projects
  • Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research on Sustainable Space (FORESAIL). Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence project (2018 – 2025) PI: Minna Palmroth, UH
  • Towards electron-scale modelling of space plasmas: Observations and Modelling (TEMPO): Academy of Finland project (2017 – 2021), PI: Minna Palmroth, UH, Co-PI: Rami Vainio, University of Turku
  • Shocks and MagnetoSheaths in the Heliosphere (SMASH): Academy of Finland project (2017 – 2021), PI: Tuija Pulkkinen, Aalto, co-PI: Emilia Kilpua, UH
  • Hybrid-Vlasov simulations of solar and magnetospheric plasmas (VLASOV): Academy of Finland project (2014 – 2017), PI: Minna Palmroth, UH, Co-PI: Rami Vainio, University of Turku
  • Database of Interplanetary Shocks (funded by national agencies). Most comprehensive database of heliospheric shock waves, PI: Emilia Kilpua
EU funded projects
  • Plasma reconnection, shocks and turbulence in solar system interactions: Modelling and observations (PRESTISSIMO), ERC Consolidator Grant project (2016 -2021). PRESTISSIMO uses and develops the novel Vlasiator code to determine the combined influence of reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration on the global magnetospheric dynamics, based on kinetic plasma theory.  PI: Minna Palmroth, UH.
  • Unraveling the structure solar flux ropes and their magnetosheath (SolMAG), ERC Consolidator Grant project (2017 -2022). SolMAG combines novel coronal simulations and observations to determine magnetic fields in coronal mass ejections and in their sheath regions. PI: Emilia Kilpua, UH.
  • The Foreshock and its Role in Solar-Terrestrial relations (FRoST), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019). FRoST uses the Vlasiator model and spacecraft observations in the near-Earth’s environment to understand how the foreshock properties are modified during solar storms and which role this turbulent region plays in the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling. PI: Minna Palmroth, UH. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow: Lucile Turc, UH.
  • Constraining CMEs and Shocks by Observations and Modelling (CCSOM) (2017-2021) (PI: Royal Observatory of Belgium, funded by  BRAIN-be). CCSOM develops and tests heliospheric space weather model EUFHORIA. UH participants: Jens Pomoell, Eleanna Asverstari and Emilia Kilpua