The unit consists of four research groups with a staff of more than 40 persons. The main research topics are: numerical weather prediction, meteorological research applications, remote sensing and radar applications, as well as polar meteorology and climatology.
Numerical Weather Prediction
The Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) group conducts research related to numerical weather forecasting methods, e.g. within the framework of the international ACCORD consortium. The group also maintains a regional numerical forecasting system together with the National Meteorological Institutes of Norway, Sweden and Estonia. This system can be used to assess the development of the weather in Finland and in Northern Europe for about two days ahead. The calculations are used as an aid when issuing public forecasts as well as e.g. in specific forecasts for aviation, shipping and land transport. The numerical forecasts produced are also utilized when assessing air quality and the spread of air pollution. The regional system complements and refines global forecasts produced elsewhere.
Head: PhD Reima Eresmaa, phone +358 29 539 4237
Meteorological Research Applications
The Meteorological Research Applications Group performs research and develops meteorological methods (e.g. probabilistic forecasts), specific weather forecasting systems (e.g. road weather) and forecast verification methods. The group also participates in the development of methods for environmental research and monitoring. In addition, the group is involved in the development of telematic services (intelligent traffic), postprocessing as well as in wind and solar energy related surveys and research.
Head: Research Professor Anders Lindfors, phone +358 29 539 2112
Satellite and Radar Applications
The satellite and radar applications research group focuses on the estimation of various quantities describing the Earth’s surface and weather using a wide variety of satellite and radar observations. We study e.g. surface albedo, the surface radiative energy balance, snow (both before and after falling on the ground), and cloudiness. Our results are applicable to improving and validating numerical weather forecasts, as support to weather services, and in the research of Earth’s climate system, particularly for the polar cryospheres and the seasonal snow cover. We are very active participants in several international research projects, particularly under the auspices of the the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
Head: Research Professor Aku Riihelä, phone +358 29 539 4152
Polar Meteorology and Climatology
The Polar Meteorology and Climatology Group studies meteorology, ice, snow and the oceans in high-latitudes. The objectives are to better understand physical processes and intearctions in the climate system and to further develop methods for weather and climate modelling, including monthly to seasonal forecasting. The research in the group is based on field work in the Arctic and Antarctic, data analyses, and numerical modelling.
Head: Docent Tiina Nygård , phone +358 29 539 3103