CV Niku Kivekäs

Niku Kivekäs

Title Senior Research Scientist


Postal address Finnish Meteorological Institute, PL 503, FIN-00101 Helsinki, Finland

Street address Erik Palménin aukio 1, Helsinki

Phone number +358-50-572 8435

Fields of expertise

  • Atmospheric aerosols
  • Environmental pollution
  • Emissions from ship traffic
  • Aerosol – cloud interactions


  • Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions in changing Arctic climate (CRAICC)
  • Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding (BACCHUS)
  • Arctic Absorbing Aerosols and Albedo of Snow (A4)
  • Soot-on-Snow (SOS)

University and other degrees

  • PhD in physics, University of Helsinki 2010
  • MS(Tech.) in Physical Chemistry, Helsinki University of Technology, 2005

Previous professional appointments

  • Post-doctoral scientist at Lund University, Lund, Sweden 2012 – 2013
  • Research scientist at Finnish Meteorological institute, Helsinki, Finland 2005 – 2010

List of publications

Here are listed my scientific publications in refereed journals

19.  Rosenfeld, D., Andreae, M., Asmi, A., Chin, M., de Leeuw, G., Donovan, D., Kahn, R., Kinne, S., Kivekäs, N., Kulmala, M., Lau, W., Schmidt, S., Suni, T., Wagner, T., Wild, M. and Quaas, J.: Global observations of aerosol-cloud-precipitation-climate interactions, Reviews of Geophysics, Accepted, 2014.

18.  Hermansson, E., Roldin, P., Rusanen, A., Mogensen, D., Kivekäs, N., Boy, M. and Swietlicki, E.: Biogenic SOA formation through gas-phase oxidation and gas-to-particle partitioning – Comparison between process models of varying complexity, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss14., 11001-11040, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-11001-2014, 2014.

17.  Kristensson, A., Johansson, M., Swietlicki, E., Kivekäs, N., Hussein, T., Nieminen, T., Junninen, H., Tunved, P., Kulmala, M. and Dal Maso, M.: NanoMap: Geographical mapping of atmospheric new particle formation through analysis of particle number size distribution data, Boreal Env. Res., 19 (suppl. B), 329-342, 2014.

16.  Kivekäs, N., Massling, A., Grythe, H., Lange, R., Rusnak, V., Carreno, S., Skov, H., Swietlicki, E., Nguyen, Q. T., Glasius, M., and Kristensson, A.: Contribution of ship traffic to aerosol particle concentrations downwind of a major shipping lane, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 8255-8267, doi:10.5194/acp-14-8255-2014, 2014.

15.  Scott, C. E., Rap, A., Spracklen, D. V., Forster, P. M., Carslaw, K. S., Mann, G. W., Pringle, K. J., Kivekäs, N., Kulmala, M., Lihavainen, H., and Tunved, P.: The direct and indirect radiative effects of biogenic secondary organic aerosol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 447-470, doi:10.5194/acp-14-447-2014, 2014

14.  Beddows, D. C. S., Dall'Osto, M., Harrison, R. M., Kulmala, M., Asmi, A., Wiedensohler, A., Laj, P., Fjaeraa, A. M., Sellegri, K., Birmili, W., Bukowiecki, N., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., Zdimal, V., Zikova, N., Putaud, J.-P., Marinoni, A., Tunved, P., Hansson, H.-C., Fiebig, M., Kivekäs, N., Swietlicki, E., Lihavainen, H., Asmi, E., Ulevicius, V., Aalto, P. P., Mihalopoulos, N., Kalivitis, N., Kalapov, I., Kiss, G., de Leeuw, G., Henzing, B., O'Dowd, C., Jennings, S. G., Flentje, H., Meinhardt, F., Ries, L., Denier van der Gon, H. A. C. and Visschedijk, A. J. H.: Variations in tropospheric submicron particle size distributions across the European continent 2008–2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4327-4348, doi:10.5194/acp-14-4327-2014, 2014.

13.  Asmi, A., Collaud Coen, M., Ogren, J. A., Andrews, E., Sheridan, P., Jefferson, A., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., Bukowiecki, N., Lihavainen, H., Kivekäs, N., Asmi, E., Aalto, P. P., Kulmala, M., Wiedensohler, A., Birmili, W., Hamed, A., O'Dowd, C., G Jennings, S., Weller, R., Flentje, H., Fjaeraa, A. M., Fiebig, M., Myhre, C. L., Hallar, A. G., Swietlicki, E., Kristensson, A., and Laj, P.: Aerosol decadal trends – Part 2: In-situ aerosol particle number concentrations at GAW and ACTRIS stations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 895-916, doi:10.5194/acp-13-895-2013, 2013.

12.  Väänänen, R., Kyrö, E.-M., Nieminen, T., Kivekäs, N., Junninen, H., Virkkula, A., Dal Maso, M., Lihavainen, H., Viisanen, Y., Svenningsson, B., Holst, T., Arneth, A., Aalto, P. P., Kulmala, M. and Kerminen, V.-M.: Analysis of particle size distribution changes between three measurement sites in Northern Scandinavia,
Atmos. Chem. Phys..,  13, 11887-11903, 2013.

11.  Anttila, T., Brus, D., Jaatinen, A., Hyvärinen, A.-P., Kivekäs, N., Romakkaniemi, S., Komppula, M., and Lihavainen, H.: Relationships between particles, cloud condensation nuclei and cloud droplet activation during the third Pallas Cloud Experiment, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 11435-11450, doi:10.5194/acp-12-11435-2012, 2012.

10.  Asmi, A., Wiedensohler, A., Laj, P., Fjaeraa, A.-M., Sellegri, K., Birmili, W., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., Zdimal, V., Zikova, N., Putaud, J.-P., Marinoni, A., Tunved, P., Hansson, H.-C., Fiebig, M., Kivekäs, N., Lihavainen, H., Asmi, E., Ulevicius, V., Aalto, P. P., Swietlicki, E., Kristensson, A., Mihalopoulos, N., Kalivitis, N., Kalapov, I., Kiss, G., de Leeuw, G., Henzing, B., Harrison, R. M., Beddows, D., O'Dowd, C., Jennings, S. G., Flentje, H., Weinhold, K., Meinhardt, F., Ries, L., and Kulmala, M.: Number size distributions and seasonality of submicron particles in Europe 2008–2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 5505-5538, 2011.

9.  de Leeuw, G., Arola, A., Sogacheva, L., Kivekäs, N., Kerminen, V.-M., Arneth, A., Christensen, T., Korhonen, H., Partanen, A.-I., Lappalainen, H., Kolmonen, P., Mielonen, T., Sofiev, M., Kulmala, M. and S. Pinnock, S.: On the use of satellites to obtain information on the occurrence of natural and anthropogenic aerosols over the boreal Eurasian forest, Biogeosciences Discuss., 8, 8451-8483, doi:10.5194/bgd-8-8451-2011, 2011.

8.  Asmi, E., Kivekäs, N., Kerminen, V-M., Komppula, M., Hyvärinen, A-P., Hatakka, J., Viisanen, Y. and Lihavainen, H.: Secondary new particle formation in Northern Finland Pallas site between the years 2000 and 2010, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 12959-12972, 2011.

7.  Spracklen, D. V., Carslaw, K. S., Merikanto, J., Mann, G. W., Reddington, C. L., Pickering, S., Ogren, J. A., Andrews, E., Baltensperger, U., Weingartner, E., Boy, M., Kulmala, M., Laakso, L., Lihavainen, H., Kivekäs, N., Komppula, M., Mihalopoulos, N., Kouvarakis, G., Jennings, S. G., O'Dowd, C., Birmili, W., Wiedensohler, A., Weller, R., Gras, J., Laj, P., Sellegri, K., Bonn, B., Krejci, R., Laaksonen, A., Hamed, A., Minikin, A., Harrison, R. M., Talbot, R., and Sun, J.: Explaining global surface aerosol number concentrations in terms of primary emissions and particle formation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4775-4793, doi:10.5194/acp-10-4775-2010, 2010.

6.  Kivekäs, N., Sun, J., Zhan, M., Kerminen, V.-M., Hyvärinen, A., Komppula, M., Viisanen, Y., Hong, N., Zhang, Y., Kulmala, M., Zhang, X.-C., Deli-Geer, and Lihavainen, H.: Long term particle size distribution measurements at Mount Waliguan, a high-altitude site in inland China, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5461-5474, 2009.

5.  Kivekäs N., Kerminen V.-M., Raatikainen T., Vaattovaara P. and Lihavainen H.: Physical and chemical characteristics of the activating particles during the Second Pallas Cloud Experiment (Second PaCE),  Boreal. Env. Res. 14:515-526. 2009.

4.  Hyvärinen, A.-P., Komppula, M., Engler, C., Kivekäs, N., Kerminen, V.-M., Dal Maso, M., Viisanen, Y. and Lihavainen, H.: Atmospheric new particle formation at Utö, Baltic Sea 2003–2005, Tellus B 61, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0889.2008.00343.x. 2008.

3.  Kivekäs, N., Kerminen, V.-M., Anttila, T., Korhonen, H., Lihavainen, H.: Komppula, M. and Kulmala, M., Parameterization of cloud droplet activation using a simplified treatment of the aerosol number size distribution, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D15207, doi:10.1029/2007JD009485. 2008.

2.  Lihavainen, H., Kerminen, V.-M., Komppula, M., Hyvärinen, A.-P., Laakia, J., Saarikoski, S., Makkonen, U., Kivekäs, N., Hillamo, R., Kulmala, M., and Viisanen, Y.: Measurements of the relation between aerosol properties and microphysics and chemistry of low level liquid water clouds in Northern Finland, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 6925-6938, 2008.

1.  Kivekäs N., Kerminen, V.-M., Engler, C., Lihavainen, H., Komppula, M., Viisanen, Y. and Kulmala, M.: Particle number to volume concentration ratios at two measurement sites in Finland, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D04209, doi:10.1029/2006JD007102, 2007.