Petri Pellikka


Further information on the affiliationProfessor of Geoinformatics. Earth Change Observation Laboratory, Department of Geosciences and Geography. Institute for Atmosphere and Earth System Research. University of Helsinki. Director of the Taita Research Station of the University of Helsinki, Kenya. Inspector of the Tavastia Nation (Hämäläis-Osakunta).

Curriculum Vitae

I am professor of geoinformatics with primary focus on remote sensing applications on land cover and impact of human-nature interactions on the environment. My research group applies mostly optical remote sensing data including hyperspectral data and laser scanner data. During the last decade the focus has been in Africa, and particularly land cover and land use change caused by agricultural expansion and conservation, and its impact on water resources, biodiversity, climate and livelihoods. Earlier I have been involved in remote sensing research of glaciers as indicators of climate change and developing remote sensing systems and correction procedures for radiometry and geometry of the data.

I am also a director of multidisciplinary Taita Research Station of the University of Helsinki in Kenya, which provides research questions and solutions from sustainability science to Earth system science for students and staff of our university and others. It is a gateway to Africa to many young researchers. Please read more activities of it at the Taita Research Station homepages: 

As reflected in the projects and my papers on the portal, my background is in physical geography and development geography, which I currently still work on with the tools and methods provided by geoinformatics. Currently I am open to see environmental problems in a holistic way in the field of Earth system science and Sustainability Science.

Latest publications

  1. Impact of land cover change on aboveground carbon stocks in Afromontane landscape in Kenya

    Pellikka, P. K. E., Heikinheimo, V., Hietanen, J., Schäfer, E., Siljander, M. & Heiskanen, J. May 2018 In : Applied Geography. 94, p. 178-189 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. A call for viewshed ecology: Advancing our understanding of the ecology of information through viewshed analysis

    Aben, J., Pellikka, P. & Travis, J. M. J. Mar 2018 In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 3, p. 624-633 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Recruiting Conventional Tree Architecture Models into State-of-the-Art LiDAR Mapping for Investigating Tree Growth Habits in Structure

    Lin, Y., Jiang, M., Pellikka, P. & Heiskanen, J. 20 Feb 2018 In : Frontiers in plant science. 9, 220, 13 p., 220

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Latest activities


    Pellikka, P. (Speaker: Presenter)
    17 May 201818 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

    Pellikka, P. (Visiting researcher)
    8 May 201811 May 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  3. Aerosol and Haze Laboratory, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

    Pellikka, P. (Visiting researcher)
    4 May 20186 May 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

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Latest prizes

  1. Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian jäsenyys

    Petri Pellikka (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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