Advances in Peatland Hydrology

The aim of the short course is to provide an introduction to peatland hydrology and present and discuss on-going hydrological research. The course present research and novel techniques to measure and model hydrological processes in pristine and managed peatlands and their catchments, including methods to assess spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, soil water storage and runoff. Understanding the hydrology of peatlands, provide the starting point to understand boreal catchments where these land forms are common. Different applied aspects of peatland studies will be shown related to climate change, environmental protection and restoration.

A PhD course (2 ECTS), June 6-8, 2018, University of Oulu
Lecture room:
AT115A (Architecture building)
Responsible teacher: prof. Björn Klöve
Contact person: MSc Anna Jaros (for registration by 30.5 and info)

Credits: 2 ECTS for PhD students with a learning diary summarizing key points in 2-3 pages or presentation.

Day 1 (June 6) – Hydrology of peatland and impacts of drainage  

Coffee 9:00-9:15

9:15-9:45 Prof. B. Klöve  - Introduction to peatland hydrology

9:45-10:15 Dr. AK Ronkanen and MSc M. Menberu -  Hydrological responses in managed peatlands

Break 10 min

10:25-10:45: Short information on projects BIOWATER, PEATWISE, MYR, AoF (each 5 min)

Presenting recently started research tasks on peatland hydrology and land use changes

  • 10:45 – 11.05 Understanding peatland forestry impacts on water quality: mapping temporal drainage changes in the Simojoki catchment – MSc Joy Bhattacharjee
  • 11:05 – 11:25 Studies on hydrology of cultivated peatlands: impacts of land use, climate and water table control on soil moisture (Luke experimental site set-up) – Dos. Hannu Marttila 

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Day 1 -  Hydrological processes in boreal and sub-arctic catchments

Evaporation and impact of vegetation on peat water table

12:30 – 13:15 Dos. Samuli Launiainen – Evapotranspiration in boreal forest catchments: upscaling by process models and open GIS data, LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland - KEY NOTE

13:15 – 14:00  Dr. Kersti Haahti – Vegetation controls on water table depth in drained peatland forest – modelling exercise,  LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland -  KEY NOTE

Coffee 14:00-14:15

Studies at Pallas catchment with forest hillslopes, groundwater and peatlands

14:15 – 14:30 Dos. Hannu Marttila – Overview of hydrological research at the Pallas sub-arctic supersite

14:30 – 15:00 Dr. Pertti Ala-aho - Short presentation of newly started hydrology research at Pallas (Kvantum financed project – postdoc + 2 PhDs)


Day 2 (June 7) - Hydrology and biogeography of northern peatlands

9:00-9:15 coffee

9:15-10:15 Dr. Paul J. Morris, University of Leeds – Hydrology and biogeography of northern peatlands - KEY NOTE  

Short break

10:15-11:00 Dr. Pertti Ala-aho – Conceptualising and modelling of spatially distributed runoff generation processes in peat dominated catchments

11:00-11:30 MSc Anna Jaros – HGS modelling of groundwater-peatland flow processes with various conceptual models for interaction

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Day 2 – Research examples on boreal catchment hydrology (PhDs presentations)

12:30-13:00 MSc Leo-Juhani Meriö – Analysis of storage and streamflow characteristics in peat catchments using GAM

13:00–13:45 MSc Elina Isokangas – Isotopic approaches to characterize groundwater flow in peatlands and headwater streams - KEY NOTE  

Coffee 13:45-14:15


Day 3 (June 8, starting 12:00) PhD defense of  Meseret Menberu - Hydrology of peat dominated headwater catchments: theories and empirical analysis, to study impacts of anthropogenic disturbance

PhD thesis to be found 29.5 at

Last updated: 24.5.2018