CV Matias Takala

Title Senior research scientist
Postal address P.O.Box 503, FI00101, Helsinki, Finland
Street address Erik Palmenin Aukio 1, FI-00560, Helsinki Finland
Phone number +358 40 5279 778

Fields of expertise

  • Development of remote sensing algorithms of snow and other parameters

  • Application of satellite data in climate change research

  • Development of satellite services



  • FP-7 SEN3APP






University and other degrees

  • Master of Science (Electrical Engineering), Helsinki University of Technology 2001

  • Doctor of Science (Electrical Engineering), Aalto University 2018

Previous professional appointments

  • 1997 – 2000 Research Assistant, Helsinki University of Technology

  • 2001 – 2006 Research Scientist, Helsinki University of Technology

  • 2007 - Research Scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Other professional activities

  • 2001-2004 Secretary of Finnish National Committee of COSPAR

  • 2009- Member of board of Finnish Remote Sensing club

List of publications

  • Tedesco, M., Pulliainen, J., Takala, M., Hallikainen, M. and Pampaloni, P., 2004. Artificial neural network-based techniques for the retrieval of SWE and snow depth from SSM/I data, Remote Sensing of Environment 90, pp. 76-85, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2003.12.002.

  • Takala M., Pulliainen J., Huttunen M., Hallikainen M. Detecting the onset of snow-melt using SSM/I data and the self-organizing map. 2008. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29(3-4), pp. 755-766, doi: 10.1080/01431160601105934.

  • Takala M., Pulliainen J, Metsämäki S, Koskinen J. 2009. Detection of Snowmelt Using Spaceborne Microwave Radiometer Data in Eurasia From 1979 to 2007. IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol 47, pp. 2996 – 3007, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2009.2018442.

  • Koskinen J, Pulliainen J, Luojus K, Takala M. 2010. Monitoring of Snow-Cover Properties During the Spring Melting Period in Forested Areas. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 50-58, January 2010.

  • Kainulainen J, Rautiainen K, Lemmetyinen J, Seppänen J, Sievinen P, Takala M, Hallikainen M. 2011. Experimental Study on Radiometric Performance of Synthetic Aperture Radiometer HUT-2D - Measurements of Natural Targets. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49(2): 814-826.

  • Takala M, Luojus K, Pulliainen J, Derksen C, Lemmetyinen J, Kärnä J-P, Koskinen J, Bojkov B. 2011. Estimating northern hemisphere snow water equivalent for climate research through assimilation of space-borne radiometer data and ground-based measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 115, Issue 12, 15 December 2011, Pages 3517-3529, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.08.014

  • Lemmetyinen J, Kontu A, Kärnä J-P, Vehviläinen J, Takala M, Pulliainen J. 2011. Correcting for the Influence of Frozen Lakes in Satellite Microwave Radiometer Observations through Application of a Microwave Emission Model. Remote Sensing of Environment, ISSN 0034-4257, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.09.008.

  • Räisänen  P, Luomaranta  A., Järvinen  H., Takala  M. , Jylhä  K., Bulygina O.N., Riihelä A.,  Laaksonen A., Koskinen J. and Pulliainen J. 2014. Evaluation of North Eurasian snow-off dates in the ECHAM5.4 atmospheric GCM. Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 7, 3671-3715, doi:10.5194/gmdd-7-3671-2014.

  • Takala M., Ikonen J., Luojus K., Lemmetyinen J., Metsämäki S., Cohen J., Arslan A., Pulliainen J.2017. New Snow Water Equivalent Processing System With Improved Resolution Over Europe and its Applications in Hydrology.. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing , vol.10, no.2, pp.428-436, doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2586179

  • Pulliainen J., Aurela M., Laurila T., Aalto T., Takala M., Salminen M., Kulmala M., Barr A., Heimann M., Lindroth A., Laaksonen A., Derksen C., Mäkelä A., Markkanen T., Lemmetyinen J., Susiluoto J., Dengel S., Mammarella I. Tuovinen  J.-P. 2017. Early snowmelt significantly enhances boreal springtime carbon uptake. Early edition in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America doi:10.1073/pnas.1707889114.

  • Metsämäki, S., Böttcher, K., Pulliainen, J., Luojus, K., Cohen, J., Takala, M., Mattila, O.-P., Schwaizer, G., Derksen C. and Koponen, S. 2018. The accuracy of snow melt-off day derived from optical and microwave radiometer data — A study for Europe. Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 211, 15 June 2018, Pages 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.029