Lectures on climate models & change, the Arctic and Finland’s policies for US Student Group


A US Student Group, focusing on climate modelling and ecosystem impacts of climate change, visited Finland – Helsinki and Lapland – in September 2019. Among other interests of the group were sustainability & resilience, human dimensions of climate change and the Arctic, as well as Finland’s climate and environmental policies.

The student excursion, led by Daniel Govoni, was an activity of the SIT Study Abroad program by School for International Training. I had a pleasure to host the first part of the excursion and design the program in Helsinki, which included visits to two Finnish ministries, the Finnish Parliament, Finnish Metrological Institute and INAR at the Kumpula Campus.

The one day visit to INAR and Finnish Metrological Institute concentrated to climate models & modelling, air quality & GHGs, CRAICC and PEEX. The program was intensive and packed including lectures by Hanna Lappalainen, Michael Boy, Risto Makkonen and Pauli Paasonen, as well as those of Hannele Korhonen and Jussi Kaurola.

At the Foreign Ministry the focus was the Arctic / Arctic Council and Finland’s arctic policy and northern dimension, which were lectured by Ambassaor Harri Mäki-Reinikka. Correspondingly, the focus at the ministry of the Environment was sustainability & resilience from the Finnish point of view lectured by Henna Haapala. The Parliament and its work was introduced by Tuomas Kuoppala.

Finally, in the beginning of the visit there was a sight-seeing (on foot) in the downtown of Helsinki, including the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall, Oodi, Senate Square and Market Square, and an introduction to the contemporary history and political system of Finland by Lassi Heininen.

Text by Research director Prof. Lassi Heininen

Visiting students at INAR, University of Helsinki. Photograph: PEEX HQ

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