Research at the Department of Geography and Geology
The slogan of our Department ”World Beyond the Surface ” is a revealing indication of our broad field of research and the objective to understand the mechanisms behind different phenomena.
As a Department with two scientific fields, the spectrum of our research is exceptionally diverse. The common denominators of our work are the solid theoretical foundation, state-of-the-art research methods and diverse collaboration.
Main areas of research at Geography
- Innovation environments and urban geography
- Applied geographical information system science
- Riverine environments and coastal areas
- Environmental dynamics and global change
Main areas of research at Geology
- The geology of Fennoscandia
- Sedimentology and historical environmental changes
Here is some of our research groups and projects
The Amazon Research Team (UTU-ART) is a multi-disciplinary research team of the University of Turku with its first activities in the early 1980s. Research is made about the nature and environment of tropical America, especially Amazonia. The researchers are based at the University of Turku in the Department of Biology and the Department of Geography and Geology.
The study group aims at understanding the complex tectonic history of the Fennoscandian bedrock by integrating up-to-date methods and traditional field geology.
In the Fluvial and Coastal Research Group (FCRG) we study fluvial and coastal processes and environments. Our research concentrates on past, present and future river and coastal dynamics.
KREPRO conducts geographical research on knowledge creation processes. Our expertise is in the spatio-temporal analysis: our viewpoints take into consideration mobilities, rhythms, internationally changing contexts, repeated gathering and dispersion of international project groups, changing distances and proximities, centers, peripheries, and remote locations, as well as various spatial dimensions from physical/geographical to social, cognitive, and digital. With such geographical approach, we analyze the processes of knowledge creation, innovation, and creativity as part of knowledge societies, innovation-based development policies, and entrepreneurial universities.
We are located in the Section of Geography of the University of Turku, but our empirical research, colleagues, and collaborations spread beyond disciplines and around the world from least developed (such as Tanzania) to highly developed countries (for example, Singapore) and from major urban centers (for example, Berlin) to very remote areas (such as Spitsbergen).
Lake and marine sediments are the high resolution archives of past environmental and climate change.
The group studies the relations between law and space, and the multiple questions of power, rights and resistances involved. The constitution of legal spaces are explored in the context of urban spaces, public spaces, housing and institutions.
University of Turku (UTU) has been working in Tanzania since 2003 with local and international partners. Our research cooperation focuses on interactions of humans and nature in dynamic Tanzanian landscapes using remote sensing and geospatial approaches, and we also study innovations and knowledge exchange in business cooperation and development. We have extensive higher education cooperation with local universities in Geography and Geospatial and ICT technologies.
Turku Urban Climate Research Group (TURCLIM) conducts research on spatio-temporal patterns of urban climate with the aid of permanent weather data collection system and GIS data. The research group is part of a Network of Networks to Progress Urban Climate Science consisting of 10 European universities/research institutions in the field of urban climatology coordinated by the University of Gent. In Finland, the key collaborators are the city of Turku and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
We are an open group of researchers mainly based in Turku. Each of us takes part in separate independent projects but, as a collective, we are committed to supporting social justice, and agree that urban space should be open to different cultures and communities regardless of their political or economic power.
SustainBaltic project (2016-2018) is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Central Baltic Programme
Project URMI analyses the future of urbanization and its drivers, the state-of-art of urban sustainability, the impact of urbanization to regions and the impact of immigration on urbanization in Finland. URMI conducts multidisciplinary scientific research that is internationally regognized with high scientific impact, subtanstial societal impact and immediate policy relevance in Finland to respond to the programmatic questions of the Strategic Research Council call Urbanizing Society.
Project lasts from 2016 to 2019
The group focuses on questions related to monitoring, tracking and using of personal data in the context of everyday life. The focus is on social, cultural and personal impacts of surveillance technologies and policies.
LuotAI — Co-Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
MUST (Murtoo Scientists) consortium and collaborating Swedish researchers have recently identified a subglacial landform new to science. This landform called murtoo, has a unique triangular shape and dimensions that are only detectable through LiDAR data now available from most of Finland and Sweden. These landforms are not predicted by existing theories of subglacial landforms. The RewarD project of the MUST consortium (2019-2023) aims to add the missing linking element between channelized and distributed drainage systems to the current theory of subglacial meltwater flow and related modelling approaches. The project focuses specifically on the murtoos and the related subglacial meltwater routes in Finland.
UTU Geospatial Labs gathers information and resources about the geospatial research, education and cooperation activities of the University of Turku under one place for easier access and use. Our key facilities consist of GIS laboratories and units equipped with hardware and software, which are linked into centralised IT management and services. UTU Geospatial Labs facilities provide the backbone for geospatial research and teaching.