Research on three branches of activity

High-quality research is utilized to develop services to benefit our everyday life. Visible examples are improvement of weather forecasts, development of new expert and warning services as well as applications of the newest research results.

The meteorological and marine research programme does basic and applied research on meteorology, atmospheric science and physical oceanography. Research subjects include forecast models for different time frames, scientific applications and remote sensing observations linked to the research area as well as the effects of climate change and how to adapt to them.
The climate research programme does basic and applied research on the different components of the climate system. The research subjects are especially past, current and future climate as well as the composition of the atmosphere and its effects on climate change and air quality. Some of the employees of the programme work at the office in Kuopio.
The space and earth observation centre is responsible for the research of the polar regions and near space as well as developing technology related to the activity. The research subjects are especially arctic research and remote sensing, new observation methods and space. The Arctic Space Centre and Sodankylä office are a part of the Space and earth observation centre.

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FMI's researchers publish about 300 peer-reviewed articles annually.

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Mars MetNet Lander – a new type of spacecraft to explore Mars

Mars MetNet Lander – a new type of spacecraft to explore Mars

To gain an understanding of the Martian atmosphere, a network of meteorological observation stations is required on the Martian surface, just like on the Earth.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has in cooperation with Russian and Spanish research institutes developed a light Mars MetNet lander that can be used in a variety of ways to study the Martian atmosphere.

More information:

Researcher Ari-Matti Harri,

Ari-Matti Harri1, Konstantin Pichkadze2, Lev Zeleny3, Luis Vazquez5, Walter Schmidt1, Sergey Alexashkin2, Oleg Korablev3, Hector Guerrero4, Jyri Heilimo1, Mikhail Uspensky1, Valery Finchenko2, Vyacheslav Linkin3, Ignacio Arruego4, Maria Genzer1, Alexander Lipatov3, Jouni Polkko1, Mark Paton1, Hannu Savijärvi8, Harri Haukka1, Tero Siili1, Vladimir Khovanskov2, Boris Ostesko2, Andrey Poroshin6, Marina Diaz-Michelena4, Timo Siikonen7, Matti Palin7, Viktor Vorontsov2, Alexander Polyakov2, Francisco Valero5, Osku Kemppinen1, Jussi Leinonen1, and Pilar Romero5Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 103-124, 2017

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Contact information

Scientific Director Ari Laaksonen
tel. +358 539 5530

Meteorological and Marine Research Programme
Director Sami Niemelä
tel. +358 29 539 4172

Climate Research Programme
Director  Hannele Korhonen
tel. +358  29 539 2135

Space and Earth Observation Centre
Director Jouni Pulliainen
tel. +358 29 539 4701

Science News
Communications Specialist Eija Vallinheimo
tel. +358 29 539 2231

FMI publications

FMI´s own publications series are:

  • FMI Contributions: high-quality peer-reviewed research results, mainly doctoral dissertations
  • FMI Reports: current research results mainly for customers and other stakeholders

All publications from 2016 onwards can be found on Helda.