VALUE Annual Seminar 2012

University of Turku, Turku, on 13th to 14th February, 2012
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Post-seminar Course on Scientific Writing, see

Monday, 13 February, 2012

Venue: Lecture Hall X (LT1), University of Turku

10:00 - 12:00 Opening of the seminar
  Welcoming words
  Introduction of research activities at the University of Turku, Prof. Jukka Käyhkö
  Fluvial Research Group, Prof. Petteri Alho, University of Turku
  Introduction of research activities at the Åbo Akademi University, Associate Prof. Peter Österholm
  Keynote presentation by Prof. Harri Tolvanen, University of Turku
  Mitigation of acid sulfate soils in the aftermath of large fish kills, Associate Prof. Peter Österholm, Åbo Akademi University
  VALUE News and Practical Issues, Coordinator Riitta Kamula
  Short introduction of the new students and their research topics (in total 20 min)
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13: 00 - 16: 00 Parallel sessions with coffee breaks

Water and Society
Venua: Seminar Room GMIN
Chair: Timo Karjalainen, University of Oulu
Climate Change
Venue: Seminar Room GMAA
Chair: Jukka Käyhkö, University of Turku
Processes in Water Bodies
Venue: Seminar Room Käsikirjasto

Introduction to the subject by Chair

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

Suvi Sojamo, Aalto University: Who manages global virtual water flows? The role of agro-food corporations in global water governance,

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

Aura Salmivaara, Aalto University: 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

Introduction to the subject by Chair

Kaisa Mustonen, University of Oulu: Climate change and boreal rivers: predicting present-day patterns and future changes in environmental responses of river communities

Kaisa Huttunen, University of Oulu: Biodiversity through time: persistence, stability and species turnover in boreal freshwater communities

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

Pertti Ala-aho, University of Oulu: Impact of land-use and climate change on groundwater-surface water interactions in esker aquifers

Ahmet çelebi, Exchange PhD student, University of Oulu: Melen Watershed-Turkey Groundwater metal pollution and its effect to Human Health

Introduction to the subject by Chair

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

Virpi Siipola, University of Helsinki: Separating biogenic and adsorbed pools of silicon in sediments using Bayesian inference

Maria Lehtimäki, University of Helsinki: Biological processes affecting the cycling of silicon (Si) within water ecosystems and their catchment areas

Anu Vaalama, University of Helsinki: Phosphorus sorption properties of surface sediments' in northern Baltic Sea

Minna Hiltunen, University of Eastern Finland: Food quality and polyunsaturated fatty acid composition of copepods in large boreal lakes with different levels of terrestrial organic matter loading

Anita Pätynen, University of Jyväskylä: Modelling phytoplankton dynamics in lakes at different time and space scales

Closing of the day at about 16

Optional: Follow-up group meetings


Get together dinner at the Aularavintola in Aboa Vetus Museum (see in Finnish

Tuesday, 14 February, 2011

Venue: Unversity of Turku, seminar rooms GMIN, GMAA, Käsikirjasto

9:00 - 12: 00 Parallel sessions with coffee breaks

Impacts of Land-use Changes
Venua: Seminar Room GMIN
Chair: Peter Österholm, Åbo Akademi University
Riverine Processes
Venue: Seminar Room GMAA Chair: Petteri Alho, University of Turku
Integrating Research, Monitoring and Modeling
Venue: Seminar Room Käsikirjasto

Introduction to the subject by Chair

Annu Kaila, University of Helsinki: The cycling and transport of phosphorus following the restoration of drained peatland forests

Mika Nieminen, University of Jyväskylä: Assessing the biological effects on freshwater ecosystems of domestic bioenergy harvesting

Mari Annala , University of Oulu: Does forestry modify the responses of lotic communities to naturally low pH?

Mikko Tolkkinen, University of Oulu: Assessing biotic integrity using structural and functional measures in boreal rivers

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

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

Introduction to the subject by Chair

Claude Flener, University of Turku:High-resolution UAV-based bathymetry modelling in shallow rivers

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

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

Mira Grönroos, University of Oulu: Effect of dispersal mode on the structure of stream macroinvertebrate metacommunities

Kaisa Västilä, Aalto University: 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

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

Introduction to the subject by Chair

Joni Kaitaranta , University of Helsinki: Role of macrophytes and shallow near-shore areas in regulating resuspension-driven nutrient loading in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea

Noora Räsänen , University of Eastern Finland:Immediate effects of mire restoration on  leaching and bioavailability of  organic matter and nutrients

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

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

Aleksandr Klimeski, University of Helsinki: Novel methods for removing phosphorus from runoff waters

Ioan Ferencik , Aalto University: Integrated environmental modeling of hydrological systems A coupled hillslope-floodplain-channel approach,

Jonna Kuha, University of Jyväskylä:Automated water quality monitoring of humic lakes by using optical properties of water

Lunch 12:00 - 13: 00


Student group work with coffee break (in Seminar Rooms GMIN, GMAA and Käsikirjasto)


Round-up of the workshop and summation of the seminar, all participants

Lecture Hall X (LT1), University of Turku


Closing of the seminar


More information:

Instructional coordinator Riitta Kamula, Tel. +358 29 448 3566, riitta.kamula at