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current issues in finnish ipy activities

Current issues in Finnish IPY activities

Coordination: Thule Institute, Univ. of Oulu and

Arctic Centre, Univ. of Lapland



  • - Scientific projects are proceeding. There are about 10 IPY projects coordinated from Finland, the leading projects are:
    • ICESTAR/IHY (Interhemispheric Conjugacy in Geospace Phenomena and their Heliospheric Drivers), coordinated by the Finnish Meteorological Institute
    • Change and variability of Arctic Systems Nordaustlandet, Svalbard - "Kinnvika”, coordinated from Uppsala University, Sweden and University of Lapland, Finland
    • LICHEN (The Linquistic and Cultural Heritage Electronic Network), coordinated from the University of Oulu, Finland
  • In addition Finnish researchers engage with about 100 international IPY-research projects, e.g.:
    • DAMOCLES (Developing Arctic Modelling and observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies), participants from Finland being Finnish Institute of marine Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute and Helsinki University of Technology
    • APEX  (Arctic Paleoclimate and its Extremes),participants from the Geological survey of Finland, University of Helsinki and University of Oulu

There is no specific IPY-funding in Finland, the projects are funded through regular research funding mechanisms


Developing research station networks

  • Progress has been made in developing network of high quality circumarctic research station network
  • SAON development
  • LTSER (Long-term socio-ecologial research) platform development

Education and outreach

  • International Master’s Programs has been developed (e.g. Barents cross-border university)
  • IPY-information through the national IPY-website (
  • IPY-information in scientific conferences and other events - following conferences were part of the Finnish national series of IPY-events:
    • e.g. ISCORD 2007, The 8th International Symposium on Cold Region Development, Tampere
    • Tourism and Global Change in Polar Regions, an International Conference, University of Oulu
  • IPY related articles in popular magazines and newspapers
  • Kinnvika netschool for schoolchildren
  • Cooperation with SamiSoster Society: health information in North Sami language and developing health research projects on Sami

Upcoming events in 2008

  • IPY Celebration Congress of Geoscientific Studies. Congress will be held at the Geological Survey of Finland in Espoo, November 12-13 , 2008
    • Congress website:
  • Organisers: Geological Survey of Finland, Geological Society of Finland, Geophysical Society of Finland, Finnish National Committee of Quaternary Research (INQUA), Finnish National Committee on Arctic and Antarctic Research
  • 6th International Kastelli Symposium. Centre for Arctic Medicine, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, November 2008.
  • 2009
  • - IPY-Finland Conclusion seminar. (Date is open)