Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology approaches the field of geospatial research and education from a technology and logistics oriented perspective.
In the Tampere University geospatial research and education is present in both applied and technology oriented disciplines.
University of Helsinki do geospatial, remote sensing and GIS research and teaching mainly in the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, and the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Read More
Teaching of geospatial issues is organized on the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, but research disciplines are more diverse, including
- Environmental science: Analyses of remote sensing data, Land-use planning, Hydrology of catchment basins, Environmental impact assessment
- Aquatic sciences: Nature values of boreal lakes, Spawning sites of freshwater fish, Migration of Baltic Sea salmon
- Ecology: Conservation and management of forests, Natural resources planning of mires
- Education: Regional studies of learning achievements
- Health sciences – Gerontology and Public Health: Relationships between nature, infrastructure and active aging
- Sports sciences: Sports sites GIS database, lipas.fi
The research group of Geoinformatics, part of the Geography Research Unit, is specialized in geography of health and well-being, accessibility and northern environment. Geospatial research is also performed at Oulu Mining School, related to geological processes and the use of natural resources, and Kerttu Saalasti Institute, focusing on regional resilience, smart specialization, entrepreneurship and structural changes in society.
University of Turku research and/or teaching in geospatial issues is done in the following disciplines.
- Geography and geology
- Future Technologies (IT)
- Landscape Studies
- Business School
For more information visit the UTU geospatial web page.
Geospatial information are taught for students both on candidate and master levels in the context of regional development work, social innovations and regional studies. Spatial data and location utilization, on the other hand, are relevant research topics in the Digital Economy research platform of the university, focusing on deriving value and new business opportunities out of geospatial data, as well as in research related to supply chain management and logistics.
The IT Center for Science Ltd (CSC) is a center of expertise in information technology owned by the Finnish sate and higher education institutions. Read More
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) that is a research and expert unit of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS). Read More
The Finnish Heritage Agency is responsible for the protection of and provides spatial data on the cultural environment. Read More
The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is responsible for Finland’s roads, railways and waterways and for the development of Finland’s transport system. Read More
FTIA produces the Digiroad, the national road and street network database. This database is used by multiple organizations for planning and research in Finland.
More information on the data products of the FTIA can be found from their website. FTIA works under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is internationally oriented geoscience research agency operating under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Read More
The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research and expert organization with expertise in renewable natural resources and sustainable food production. Read More
Luke’s statutory and expert services take care of the Finnish game and fish population monitoring, forest inventory, conservation of genetic resources, GHG calculations, statistics related to food and natural resources, and other important tasks.
Many of the research themes are inherently spatial. Spatial modeling is used in variety of fields including animal populations research, logistics, food security, and modeling of forest development. Remote sensing plays an essential role in forest applications, and applications in crop production and game research are important as well.
NLS performs cadastral surveys, maintains information about properties and dwellings, handles registrations of title and mortgages, produces map data and promotes the research of spatial data. Read More
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) studies and monitors the welfare and health of the population in Finland. Read More
The Sotkanet Statistics and Indicator Bank is the main access point to data on for example municipality, health-care districts and NUTS scales. The data products are used for health research and reviews, and for news and articles by media companies in Finland.
Outside the open data products THL can offer researchers generalized spatial data on more specific scales. For more information visit their website for researchers.
THL is an expert agency working under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is a governmental research and development institute. The focus is in seeking out the best solutions for building a sustainable society. Read More
SYKE develops and maintains environmental information systems and spatial data infrastructure. SYKE is in charge for promoting and supporting the usage and sharing of environmental geographic data and services. SYKE has also an active role in the development of national spatial data infrastructure in Finland. More information and access to SYKE’s data can be found from SYKE’s Open Information web page
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a research and expert unit where spatial data is used in several areas. Read More