VALUE - Doctoral Program in
Integrated Catchment and Water Resources Management

The integral theme of VALUE doctoral program is comprehensive analysis of watershed activities and their impacts. VALUE provides the frameworks for improved cooperation between social sciences and water related technical and ecological sciences as well as for their joint graduate education. By this interdisciplinary approach and active international cooperation, new methods and technology will be developed for modeling and knowledge-based policymaking dealing with watersheds and water resources management. The doctoral program responds to the calls that were stressed in the Water Research in Finland 2002-2006 - Report of an International Panel appointed by the Academy of Finland, as well as in several international strategies.

VALUE started in the beginning of 2010, the first student were selected in the fall of 2009. VALUE will end its activities at the end 2015 together with all the national doctoral programs supported by the Academy of Finland and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

VALUE is focusing on three themes:

  • Integration of changes in land-use, environmental changes, climate change, and ecological interaction at a catchment level.

  • Methods and technologies to manage water resources in a comprehensive and balanced manner.

  • To secure different water usage requirements, nature biodiversity, preservation of water resources as well as businesses, economy, and health.


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