D.Sc. (tech), M.Sc. (tech)
Ala-aho's research focuses on hydrological processes in Arctic and other snow-influenced regions. He gained his PhD in 2014 and has in total eight years of research experience in hydrology and hydrogeology, all as a part of international collaborations. Ala-aho is a motivated and curious young scientist who has built a strong track record in conducting high-level hydrological research in Northern environments.
Ala-aho is funded as a Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher (2018-2021) with a project: <<Where does water go when snow melts? New spatio-temporal resolution in stable water isotopes measurements to inform cold climate hydrological modelling>>. The project explores northern snow hydrology at Pallas atmosphere-hydrology-ecosystem supersite in Finnish Lapland, with collaborations in Alaska (UAA) and Sweden (SLU).
- cold climate hydrology
- hydrological modeling
- isotope hydrology
- groundwater - surface water interactions
Ala-aho has a keen interest to understand hydrological processes in cold regions of the world. He has leading expertise in combining hydrological modeling and environmental tracer techniques and a curious mind for research questions such as:
- How runoff is generated in the Northern landscape: where does water go when snow melts?
- How is climate change altering Northern hydrology and biogeochemistry: less snow, how about flow?
- How snowmelt supports Northern ecosystems and societies: all life relies on groundwater, but is it form snowmelt or rain?
Ala-aho has explored these research questions at field sites in Northern Scandinavia, Arctic and Boreal and regions of the Canada, U.S., and Western Siberia, and the Scottish Highlands, .
Strategic research project of the University of Oulu, KVANTUM, Groundwater - surface water interaction in boreal peatland-esker systems (University of Oulu, 2017 ->)
VeWa; Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems (University of Aberdeen, 2015-2017)
SIWA; Climate impact on the carbon emission and export from Siberian inland waters (University of Aberdeen, 2015-2017)
AQVI; Pohjavesien ja niistä riippuvien ekosysteemeiden kestävä hallinta (University of Oulu, 2013-2015)
GENESIS; Groundwater and Dependent Ecosystems: New Scientific and Technological Basis for Assessing Climate Change and Land-use Impacts on Groundwater (University of Oulu, 2010-2014)
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2017), University of Aberdeen - Northern Rivers Institute
- Doctoral Student (2010-2014), Water Reseources and Environmental Engineering
University of Waterloo - Earth and Environmental Sciences– 1.9.2012 to 31.12.2012