VALUE Annual Seminar Interdisciplinary cooperation for sustainable solutions

University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, Oulu, on 9th to 10th February, 2011

Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

Venue: Linnanmaa, Lecture Hall IT116, Rakentajantie 3, Oulu
(see the map for the location of the lecture halls and the web page on how to get to the University)

Opening of the seminar


Welcoming words
Prof. Björn Klöve, UOulu

VALUE - doctoral program: activities on 2010 and a glance to coming events
Prof. Björn Klöve, UOulu

Introduction of the new research topics and students
(Lenght of the presentations about 10 minutes)

Coffee 10:30

Kaisa Västilä Aalto University School of Engineering
Flow–vegetation–sediment interaction: Physical processes in environmental channels

Musa Mlambo, University of Oulu
The impact of logging residue removal (LRR) on boreal headwater stream communities and drainages

Noora Räsänen, University of Eastern Finland
Impacts of mire restoration on aquatic ecosystems: Biodegradation of leached organic compounds, microbial production and carbon dioxide efflux

Elina Kasvi, University of Turku
Investigating channel dynamics and flow-related processes in fluvial environment - Combining empirical methods and computational modeling

Carlos Gonzales Inca, University of Turku
Process-based modeling of watershed hydro-biogeochemistry in a boreal agricultural landscape

Claude Flener, University of Turku
Remote Sensing of Rivers and Lakes: Methods and Applications for Hydraulic and Habitat Modeling

Pirkko Mustamo, University of Oulu
Cultivated and forested peatland areas in Finnish river basins and options for their future restoration

Maare Marttila, University of Oulu
Fish populations, heterogeneity of the river channels, and socioeconomic impacts - towards a multidisciplinary analysis in river restoration programs

Update of the research
(Lenght of the presentations about 10 minutes)

Grounds, methods and tools for land-use, management, and protection of watersheds


Leena Stenberg, Aalto University School of Engineering
Erosion and sediment transport mechanisms in drained forested catchments


Aleksandar Klimeski, University of Helsinki/ MTT
Potential use of available commercial products and industrial by-products in Finland as phosphorus sorbing materials - laboratory results and field tests


Heli Suurkuukka, University of Oulu
Are biodiversity patterns concordant on both sides of the forest-stream interface?

Lunch 12:30 at Restaurant Discus (see the menu)


Anita Pätynen, University of Jyväskylä/ Finnish Environment Institute
PROTECH application for Lake Säkylän Pyhäjärvi

Simo Tammela, University of Oulu
Modeling of stream flow processes and ecological habitats in river restoration

Pekka Rossi, University of Oulu
Integrated management of groundwater and dependent ecosystems in Finnish eskers

Watershed processes and integrated modeling

Coffee breaks at

14:30 and


Johanna Hohenthal, University of Helsinki
Impact of land cover change on the river discharges and water quality in East African mountains

Grazyna Brek-Laitinen, University of Helsinki
Autochthonous vs allochthonous carbon in microbial food webs of changing lacustrine ecosystems – the role of picoplankton and its diversity in carbon cycling

Hanna Sinkko, University of Helsinki
Benthic bacterial communities in nutrient cycling of the Baltic Sea, with emphasis on phosphorus

Hanna Sipari, University of Helsinki  
RNA-based detection methods for hepatotoxic cyanobacteria and regulation of microcystin biosynthesis

Jussi Jyväsjärvi, University of Jyväskylä  
Lake profundal macroinvertebrates - environmental drivers of community variation and implications for biological assessment

Janne Alahuhta, University of Oulu/ Finnish Environment Institute
Patterns of aquatic macrophyte distributions in boreal region:  implications for spatial scaling issues and ecological assessment

Disciplinary basis for policy-making on watersheds and water resources


Amélie Beucher, Åbo Akademi University   
Developing methods for risk mapping of Acid Sulfate Soils

Tuomas Saarinen, University of Oulu
Restoration of Acidified Rivers: Seeking Causes and New Water Management Solutions

Mari Annala, University of Oulu
Effects of land use changes on stream communities: how general are species responses?

Eliisa Lotsari, University of Turku
Fluvial processes in a changing climate: causes, effects and uncertainties of future floods in Boreal and Sub-Arctic Finland

Aura Salmivaara, Aalto University School of Engineering
Water resources of the major Southeast Asian river basins: Current status, vulnerability analysis and ways forward

Mia O'Neill, Tampere University of Technology
The role of the state in promoting ecological sanitation. Case studies from selected developed and developing economies

Annina Takala, Tampere University of Technology
Building competence for sustainable water and waste water services

Closing of the day at about 17



Get together dinner at Sokeri-Jussin Kievari (see the location)


Thursday, 10 February, 2011

Venue: Linnanmaa, Lecture Hall SÄ118, Entrance X, Oulu
(see the map for the location of the lecture halls and the web page on how to get to the University)

Research and Water Framework Directive

Keynote presentations and discussions



River Basin Management: the role of ELY centers and research needs coming from Water Framework Directive
Anne Laine, North Ostrobothnian Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

EU Water Framework Directive: lessons learned from the ecological classification of Finnish rivers and lakes
Heikki Mykrä, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Decision making support using multi-criteria methods
Timo Karjalainen, Thule Institute

Experiences on research to provide input to Water Framework and Groundwater Directives
Björn Klöve, University of Oulu

Discussion and coffee10:30

Group work (for VALUE students)


Introduction of the group work (Learning Café) and splitting into groups

Lunch 12:30 at Restaurant Discus (see the menu)


Group work continues

Coffee 14:30


Round-up of the workshop and summation of the seminar


Closing of the seminar



More information:

Instructional coordinator Riitta Kamula, Tel. +358 8 553 3566, riitta.kamula at