CV Ali Nadir Arslan

Title Senior Scientist
Postal address PL 503, 00101 Helsinki
Street address Erik Palménin aukio 1, 00560 Helsinki
Phone number +358 50 3203386

Fields of expertise

  • Remote Sensing Methods and Applications for Cryosphere

  • Electromagnetic theory and modelling

  • Project Coordination & Management


  • Project Manager of the Nordic Snow Network (NordSnowNet), 2019-2022.

  • FMI-PI of the Copernicus Caroline Herschel Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake, 2017-2021.

  • FMI-PI of the framework of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020: BalticSatApps: Speeding up Copernicus Innovation for the BSR Environment and Security, 2017-2020 ( ).

  • FMI-PI of ERA4CS-INDICES: Integrated approach for the development across Europe of user oriented climate indicators for GFCS high-priority sectors: agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, health, water and tourism, 2017-2020 ( ).

  • FMI-PI of EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF)-Snow Cluster (started March 2017 as its Third Continuous Development and Operation Phase, which will last until February 2022) ( ).

  • Chairman of COPERNICUS Finnish User Forum,

  • Recent Past Projects Examples

  • Chair of COST Action ES1404: A European network for a harmonised monitoring of snow for the benefit of climate change scenarios, hydrology and numerical weather prediction,

  • Coordinator / Project Manager of EU LIFE+ 2012 call: MONIMET (Climate change indicators and vulnerability of boreal zone applying innovative observation and modelling techniques), 2013-2017,

  • Coordinator / Project Manager of EU FP7 Cooperation Work Programme 2013: SEN3APP Processing lines and operational services combining sentinel and in-situ data for terrestrial cryosphere and boreal forest, 2013-2016,

University and other degrees

  • DOCTOR of TECHNOLOGY on SPACE TECHNOLOGY, December, 2006, Helsinki University of Technology; Espoo, Finland (

  • LICENTIATE of TECHNOLOGY on SPACE TECHNOLOGY, June, 2001, Helsinki University of Technology; Espoo, Finland

  • MASTER of SCIENCE in MICROWAVES & ELECTROMAGNETICS, September, 1995, Çukurova University; Adana, Turkey

  • BACHELOR of SCIENCE in ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATION, July, 1991 Istanbul Technical University; Istanbul, Turkey

Previous professional appointments

  • Principal Scientist, August, 1999 – June 2009 Nokia Corporation, Helsinki, Finland

  • Research Scientist, September, 1996-August, 1999: The Laboratory of Space Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland

Other professional activities

  • Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Specialization studies in Industrial Management, 2009

  • Rastor OY, Project and innovation management, product and service development specialist degree, 2012

List of publications

List of recent publications

  • Ali Nadir Arslan and Zuhal Akyürek. Special Issue on Remote Sensing of Snow and Its Applications. Geosciences 9 (6), 277.

  • Gaia Piazzi; Cemal Melih Tanis; Semih Kuter; Burak Simsek; Silvia Puca; Alexander Toniazzo; Matias Takala; Zuhal Akyürek; Simone Gabellani; Ali Nadir Arslan. Cross-Country Assessment of H-SAF Snow Products by Sentinel-2 Imagery Validated against In-Situ Observations and Webcam Photography. Geosciences 9 (3), 129.

  • Terhikki Manninen; Tuula Aalto; Tiina Markkanen; Mikko Peltoniemi; Kristin Böttcher; Sari Metsämäki; Kati Anttila; Pentti Pirinen; Antti Leppänen; Ali Nadir Arslan. Monitoring changes in forestry and seasonal snow using surface albedo during 1982–2016 as an indicator. Biogeosciences 16 (2), 223-240.

  • Maria Holmberg, Tuula Aalto, Anu Akujärvi, Ali Nadir Arslan, Irina Bergström, Kristin Böttcher, Ismo Lahtinen, Annikki Mäkelä, Tiina Markkanen, Francesco Minunno, Mikko Peltoniemi, Katri Rankinen, Petteri Vihervaara, Martin Forsius. Ecosystem services related to carbon cycling–modelling present and future impacts in boreal forests. Frontiers in plant science 10, 343.

  • Jürgen Helmert; Aynur Şensoy Şorman; Rodolfo Alvarado Montero; Carlo De Michele; Patricia de Rosnay; Marie Dumont; David Finger; Martin Lange; Ghislain Picard; Vera Potopová; Samantha Pullen; Dagrun Vikhamar-Schuler; Ali Arslan. Review of Snow Data Assimilation Methods for Hydrological, Land Surface, Meteorological and Climate Models: Results from a COST HarmoSnow Survey. Geosciences 8 (12), 489.

  • Kristin Böttcher; Kimmo Rautiainen; Mika Aurela; Pasi Kolari; Annikki Mäkelä; Ali N Arslan; T Andrew Black; Sampsa Koponen. Proxy Indicators for Mapping the End of the Vegetation Active Period in Boreal Forests Inferred from Satellite-Observed Soil Freeze and ERA-Interim Reanalysis Air Temperature. PFG (2018) 86: 169.

  • Tanis, C.; Peltoniemi, M.; Linkosalmi, M.; Aurela, M.; Böttcher, K.; Manninen, T.; Arslan, A. A System for Acquisition, Processing and Visualization of Image Time Series from Multiple Camera Networks. Data 2018, 3, 23.

  • Pirazzini, R.; Leppänen, L.; Picard, G.; Lopez-Moreno, J.I.; Marty, C.; Macelloni, G.; Kontu, A.; von Lerber, A.; Tanis, C.M.; Schneebeli, M.; de Rosnay, P.; Arslan, A.N. European In-Situ Snow Measurements: Practices and Purposes. Sensors 2018, 18, 2016.

  • Peltoniemi, M.; Aurela, M.; Böttcher, K.; Kolari, P.; Loehr, J.; Hokkanen, T.; Karhu, J.; Linkosalmi, M.; Tanis, C.M.; Metsämäki, S.; Tuovinen, J.-P.; Vesala, T.; Arslan, A.N. Networked web-cameras monitor congruent seasonal development of birches with phenological field observations. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 2018, 249, 335.

  • Peltoniemi, M.; Aurela, M.; Böttcher, K.; Kolari, P.; Loehr, J.; Karhu, J.; Linkosalmi, M.; Tanis, C.M.; Tuovinen, J.-P.; Arslan, A.N. Webcam network and image database for studies of phenological changes of vegetation and snow cover in Finland, image time series from 2014 to 2016. Earth System Science Data 2018, 10, 173.

  • Arslan, A.N.; Tanis, C.M.; Metsämäki, S.; Aurela, M.; Böttcher, K.; Linkosalmi, M.; Peltoniemi, M. Automated Webcam Monitoring of Fractional Snow Cover in Northern Boreal Conditions. Geosciences 2017, 7, 55.