Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, Adjunct Professor

Person

Curriculum Vitae

I have the title of docent (adjunct professor) in urban ecology and I have been in recent years studying ecosystem services provided by urban green areas. I am especially interested in the impact of urban vegetation, such as trees, on the concentrations of air pollutants (e.g. NO2, O3, VOCs, PAHs, SO2, particulates) and if vegetation can or cannot improve air quality in cities and provide an important ecosystem service for urban inhabitants. My goal is to provide much needed empirical research data on the topic by accurate measurements. My local-scale studies include different plant configurations, climatic regions and seasons as well as various urban environments (e.g. near-road environments, street canyons, urban parks and forests, residential areas). Moreover, I am studying the operationalisation of ecosystem services in urban planning and decision-making. For latest updates of my research and publications, see also my ResearchGate profile.

Academic Education and Merits

  • Adjunct Professor (The Title of Docent) in Urban Ecology, University of Helsinki, March 2018.
  • Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences), University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, January 2007.
  • M.Sc., University of Helsinki, Department of Ecology and Systematics, June 2001. Major: morphological-ecological zoology, Minors: environmental biology, environmental sciences.
  • B.Eng., Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology, May 1996. Special modules: e.g. Environmental technology, New biotechnology, Chemical engineering.

 

Latest publications

  1. The impact of urban trees on concentrations of PAHs and other gaseous air pollutants in Yanji, northeast China

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Viippola, J. V., Rantalainen, A-L., Zheng, J. & Setälä, H. M., 4 Sep 2018, In : Atmospheric Environment. 192, p. 151-159 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. (Dis) integrated valuation - Assessing the information gaps in ecosystem service appraisals for governance support

    Barton, D. N. , Kelemen, E. , Dick, J. , Martín-López, B. , Gomez-Baggethun, E. , Jacobs, S. , Hendriks, C. M. A. , Termansen, M. , Garcia-Llorente, M. , Primmer, E. , Dunford, R. , Harrison, P. , Turkelboom, F. , Saarikoski, H. , van Dijk, J. , Rusch, G. M. , Palomo, I. , Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. , Carvalho, L. , Baro, F. & 17 others Langemeyer, J., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Mederly, P., Priess, J., Luque, S., Berry, P., Santos, R., Odee, D., Martinez Pastur, G., Garcia Blanco, G., Saarela, S-R., Silaghi, D., Pataki, G., Masi, F., Vadineanu, A., Mukhopadhyay, R. & Lapola, D., 21 Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 529-541 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: Experiences from real world situations

    Dunford, R. , Harrison, P. , Smith, A. , Dick, J. , Barton, D. N. , Martín-López, B. , Kelemen, E. , Jacobs, S. , Saarikoski, H. , Turkelboom, F. , Verheyden, W. , Hauck, J. , Antunes, P. , Aszalos, R. , Badea, O. , Baro, F. , Berry, P. , Carvalho, L. , Conte, G. , Czucz, B. & 28 others Garcia Blanco, G., Howard, D., Giuca, R., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Grizetti, B., Izakovicova, Z., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Luque, S., Lapola, D. M., Martinez Pastur, G. J., Mukhopadhyay, R., Roy, S. B., Niemelä, J. K., Norton, L., Ochieng, J., Odee, D., Palomo, I., Pinho, P., Priess, J., Rusch, G., Saarela, S-R., Santos, R., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Vadineanu, A., Vari, A., Woods, H. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., 21 Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 499-514 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. The Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) (External organisation)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Board member)
    1 Jan 201812 Dec 2018

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in review committee

  2. Viherympäristöliitto (External organisation)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Expert member)
    1 Oct 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in review committee

  3. Landscape and Urban Planning (Journal)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Reviewer)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

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Education

PhD

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