Key areas of green and digital transition 2021

The research projects on the green and digital transition supported with RRF funding were selected in a funding call opened in 2021. Read more in the press release.

Below are examples of the funded projects. See also the complete list of supported research projects.

  • Wildfires are one of the major global environmental threats posed by climate change. Eija Honkavaara (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute) heads a consortium that is developing AI-based technology for fast detection of wildfires using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. The multidisciplinary consortium comprises researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and an extensive collaboration network.
  • Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki) heads a project focusing on efficient forest management strategies to strengthen the ability of forests to mitigate climate change. The researchers will analyse the impacts of forest management and a changing climate on forest carbon sinks and radiative forcing by combining comprehensive long-term datasets on boreal forests and the atmosphere with diverse forest growth modelling. The cross-disciplinary consortium includes scientists from the University of Helsinki, Natural Resources Institute Finland and the Finnish Meteorological Institute as well as collaborators from the forest sector.
  • Arttu Polojärvi (Aalto University) heads a research project that aims to promote the European Union’s objective to increase energy production by offshore wind farms. Many northern sea areas have been identified as suitable for offshore wind farms, but high sea-ice loads remain a challenge. It is therefore difficult to design cost-effective yet safe wind turbine units. Polojärvi’s project proposes to build a multi-physics modelling engine for forecasting future marine environmental and ice conditions, while simultaneously being detailed enough for the design and optimisation of cold-region offshore wind farms. The multidisciplinary consortium comprises researchers from Aalto University, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

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