Kari Strand

Director of the Thule Institute, Research Professor


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I received my PhD in Philosophy in 1993 at the University of Oulu. In 1997 I qualified for docentship in geology and mineralogy with specialization in exogenic processes.

My professorship begun in 2008 and a special field is palaeosedimentology particularly in climate change research in high latitude regions. I have been in charge of independent research projects since 1991 and working as a program director since 1998. Presently, I am the director of the Thule Institute.

As a program director my task is to coordinate and advance research in the Thule Institute’s multidisciplinary research program and to improve the conditions of research and training of researchers both nationally and internationally.

Research is conducted under the following broad themes:

  1. climate change dynamics, impacts and adaptation,
  2. human health and community well-being,
  3. sustainable resources management.

In my research I am looking for indicators for environmental and climatic change by looking at sedimentological, physical, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of sediments and stratigraphic evolution of sediment sequences, especially in high latitude regions.

The present research projects are concentrating to the Eurasian Arctic region and the Arctic Ocean sediments and to Cenozoic glacial history of Wilkes Land and Prydz Bay margins in Antarctica, mostly funded by the Academy of Finland. The early Earth depositional environments and climatic evolution I am studying by applying modern sequence stratigraphic methods. The first degree and graduate programs are also an essential part in my research.

I am a Finnish delegate of the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) as well as a member of the Standing Scientific Group on Geosciences of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the vice-delegate for Finland in SCAR. I also belong to the Finnish support group for the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP).  I am presently a chair of the Stratigraphic Commission of Finland. I am also a Finnish delegate in the international PAST (Paleo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal) Gateways Research network as well as a national correspondent of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS).

My publishing activities encompass over 120 original works, of which 60 are international referee-publications. In addition I have regularly supervised dissertations and many thesis works.

For main research activities and publications see Kari Strand's page on the 'Oulun yliopisto tutkii' database.

Last updated: 4.7.2016