EU- and international projects

National projects

  • Academy of Finland, GHGSUPER, Towards high resolution atmospheric data-based greenhouse gas budgets by utilizing advances in supercomputing

  • Academy of Finland, WINMET, The role of snowpack and soil freezing in controlling winter season wetland methane emissions

  • Academy of Finland, Strategic Research Council, MULTA, Multi-benefit solutions to climate-smart agriculture

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, BioHILA, Precise biomass information for agricultural carbon budget calculations by combining satellite and field data with ecosystem modelling

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, LOHKO-KHK, Towards parcel-specific greenhouse gas calculation: new emission factors and model solutions and updatable system

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, NC-GRASS, Dairy and beef industries in Finland: Progressing pathways to carbon-neutrality by 2035

  • European Regional Development Fund, ViljaPäästö, Turvemaiden viljanviljelyssä syntyvät kasvihuonekaasupäästöt ja vesistökuormitus sekä niiden hillintä

  • European Regional Development Fund, UVIDI, Uudistavan viljelyn osaamisen ja digitalisaation kehittäminen Hämeessä

  • Academy of Finland, Strategic Research Council, CO-CARBON, Individuals, communities and municipalities mitigating climate change by carbon smart green space

  • Academy of Finland, CarboCity, Urban green space solutions in carbon neutral cities

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, TURNEE, Forests on peatlands – solutions for reducing emissions and increasing of carbon sinks

  • Academy of Finland, RESPEAT, Quantifying the potential of boreal peatland rewetting for climate change mitigation

  • Academy of Finland, C-NEUT, Evaluating integrated spatially explicit carbon-neutrality for boreal landscapes and regions

  • Academy of Finland, ForClimate, Managing Forests for Climate Change Mitigation

  • Business Finland, FF2DH, From Footprints to Digital Handprints - Carbon and greenhouse gas budget of agriculture

Project descriptions

Life PeatCarbon

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Globally, peatlands are considered to be ecosystems of great importance. Peatlands are rich in biodiversity and play a crucial role in climate regulation and water cycling. The layer of peat that is developed over thousands of years in these areas acts as an immense carbon sink. Due to drainage of peatlands, large quantities of greenhouse gases are released, contributing to global warming. 

Financed by the European Commission and based on the cooperation of Latvia, Finland, Germany and Denmark, project LIFE21-CCM-LV-LIFE-PeatCarbon aims to implement climate change mitigation (CCM) measures in raised bogs in Latvia and Finland.

To stop continual degradation and release of carbon emissions from these peatlands, dams in drainage ditches along the bog perimeters will be constructed. The water-soaked earth will allow vegetation to regrow in degraded areas and prevent carbon from being released from the peat.

An important aspect of the project is the utilization of innovative methods, including the creation of an ecosystem model based on remote sensing and monitoring results. Through these innovative methods, resulting changes in the hydrology, vegetation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be supervised closely. Monitoring also provides and contributes to knowledge on decreasing GHG emissions that can later be accessed by policy-makers and the general public. Knowledge sharing events hosted by Germany and Denmark at the end of the project to educate politicians, experts and the public will promote the results of the project and the importance of peatlands in carbon emission reduction.