CV Leena Leppänen

Title Scientist
Postal address Tähteläntie 62, 99600 Sodankylä
Phone number +358 406707133

Fields of expertise

  • in-situ snow measurements

  • snow microstructure

  • snow physics

  • Arctic and Antarctic snow

  • remote sensing of snow

  • microwave radiometry

  • optical spectrometry


  • INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic), Pallas-Sodankylä station, 2017-2023,

University and other degrees

  • 2020: Ph.D. (Doctoral programme in Atmospheric Sciences), University of Helsinki, Finland

  • 2012: B.Sc. (astronomy), University of Oulu, Finland

  • 2012: M.SC. (astronomy), University of Oulu, Finland


ORCID iD: twitter: @LeenaLeppaenen

List of publications

Leppänen L., Measurements and modelling of seasonal snow characteristics for interpretation of passive microwave observations, Finnish Meteorological Institute Contributions 158, Dec 2019.

Leppänen, L., Kontu, A., and Pulliainen, J. Automated Measurements of Snow on the Ground in Sodankylä.Geophysica, 53(1), 43-62, Dec 2018.

Leppänen, L., and Kontu, A.Analysis of QualitySpec Trek Reflectance from Vertical Profiles of Taiga Snowpack. Geosciences, 8(11), 404, Nov 2018.

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, 18, 2016, Jun 2018.

L. Leppänen, A. Kontu, H-R. Hannula, H. Sjöblom, J. Pulliainen, Sodankylä snow survey program, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 5, 163-179, doi:10.5194/gi-5-163-2016, 2016.

W. Maslanka, Leppänen, L., Kontu, A., Sandells, M., Lemmetyinen, J., Schneebeli, M., Proksch, M., Matzl,M., Hannula, H.-R., and Gurney, R.: Arctic Snow Microstructure Experiment for the development of snow emission modelling, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 5, 85-94, doi:10.5194/gi-5-85-2016, 2016.

L. Leppänen, A. Kontu, J.Vehviläinen, J. Lemmetyinen, and J. Pulliainen, Comparison of traditional and optical grain size field measurements with SNOWPACK simulations in a taiga snowpack. J. Glaciol. Vol.61, No. 225, 2015. doi: 10.3189/2015JoG14J026