Vesa Yli-Pelkonen


Curriculum Vitae

My background is in urban ecology and I am currently 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

  • 2002 - 2007 University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences: Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences) January 2007, Title of the academic dissertation: Use of ecological information in urban planning 
  • 1996 - 2001 University of Helsinki, Department of Ecology and Systematics: M.Sc. June 2001, Master’s thesis title: Predation by dragonfly larvae on frog and toad tadpoles: role of behaviour; Major: morphological-ecological zoology, Minors: environmental biology, environmental sciences
  • 1992 - 1996 Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology: B.Eng. May 1996, Department of Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology. Bachelor’s thesis title: The load-survey of Espoo’s Lake Pitkäjärvi at the catchment area of the city of Vantaa. Special modules: e.g. Environmental technology, New biotechnology, Chemical engineering

 Academic work experience

  • 2007 –>  University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences, Researcher
  • 2002 – 2006 University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Researcher, Doctoral student

Latest publications

  1. E-pub ahead of print

    Environmental justice for the governance of aquatic environments

    Paloniemi, R., Niemelä, J. K., Soininen, N., Laatikainen, T., Vierikko, K. H., Rekola, A., Viinikka, A., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Assmuth, T., Kopperoinen, L., Peltonen, L., Kuokkanen, T. & Kyttä, M. 8 Jan 2018 In : Local Environment. 12 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Accepted/In press

    (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., 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. 18 Dec 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Ecosystem Services.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Integrated assessment and valuation of ecosystem services - Guidelines and experiences

    Barton, D. N., Harrison, P., Dunford, R., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Jacobs, S., Kelemen, E., Martín-López , B., Antunes, P., Aszalos, R., Badea, O., Baro, F., Berry, P., Carvalho, L., Czucz, B., Demeyer, R., Dick, J., Garcia Blanco, G., Garcia-Llorente, M., Giuca, R., Grizzetti, B., Hauck, J., Hendriks, K., Howard, D., Izakovicova, Z., Karlsen, M., Keune, H., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Liquete, C., Luque, S., Lapola, D. M., Madsen, A. L., Norton, L., Martinez Pastur, G., Mukhopadhyay, R., Murherjee, R., Niemelä, J. K., Ochieng, J., Odee, D., Palomo, I., Pinho, P., Priess, J., Rusch, G. M., Saarikoski, H., Saarela, S-R., Santos, R., Smith, A., Smith, R., Tenerelli, P., Termansen, M., Tuomasjukka, D., Turkelboom, F., van Eupen, M., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Vadineanu, A., Vari, A., Verheyden, W., Verweij, P., Woods, H., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. & Zulian, G. Dec 2017 European Commission. 294 p.

    Research output: ProfessionalCommissioned report

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Latest activities

  1. Viherympäristöliitto (External organisation)

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

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in review committee

  2. Landscape and Urban Planning (Journal)

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

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

  3. Landscape review (Journal)

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

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

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