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Juho Lappalainen

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Marine Research Centre

Master of Science (Technology) in Advanced Energy Solutions, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Master of Science (Biological and Environmental Sciences), University of Helsinki

Scientific diver in Natural Sciences, Luksia


Tel: +358 295 251 576


Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Marine Research Centre

Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki


Current tasks

I am a researcher and scientific diver in Sustainable Use of the Marine Areas unit in SYKE's Marine Research Centre.

My tasks include management and analysis of marine spatial data, species distribution modelling and research on marine habitats. I utilise programming and supercomputing for extensive GIS analyses and models on a daily bases. I am also involved in a couple of projects supporting maritime spatial planning working as an expert in marine ecosystems and GIS.

I solve multidisciplinary research questions related to offshore wind energy in the SmartSea project.



Having a multidisciplinary background, I received my master's degree in Limnology from the University of Helsinki in 2016 and the degree of Master of Science (Technology) by Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering in 2019. I am also an Advanced European Scientific Diver and nationally qualified scientific diver (Luksia 2013).

I have gained knowledge on the marine habitats of the Baltic Sea while working as a Protected Area Management Coordinator and Ecological Surveyor for Parks and Wildlife Finland and The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in 2012-2015.

As part of my free time activities, I am gaining expertise in challenging diving operations including cave and wreck diving utilising closed circuit rebreather. I am also a member of the board of Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association (Suomen tutkimussukelluksen ohjausyhdistys ry).



  • The Finnish Inventory Programme for the Underwater Marine Environment VELMU
  • Plan4Blue – Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies
  • SmartSea

Former projects

  • ZAN-SDI – National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Integrated Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
    • I was guiding Zanzibari colleagues in marine research from field work planning and data collection to spatial data analyses to support sustainable use of the marine areas in Zanzibar




Virtanen, E. A., Viitasalo, M., Lappalainen, J., & Moilanen, A. (2018). Evaluation, gap analysis, and potential expansion of the Finnish marine protected area network. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 402.

Lappalainen, J., Virtanen, E. A., Kallio, K., Junttila, S., & Viitasalo, M. (2019). Substrate limitation of a habitat-forming genus Fucus under different water clarity scenarios in the northern Baltic Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 218, 31-38.

Aps, R., Herkül, K., Kotta, J., Cormier, R., Kostamo, K., Laamanen, L., Lappalainen, J., Lokko, K., Peterson, A., Varjopuro, R. and Handling editor: Wesley Flannery (2018). Marine environmental vulnerability and cumulative risk profiles to support ecosystem-based adaptive maritime spatial planning. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75(7), 2488-2500.

Ruuskanen, A.T., Kraufvelin, P., Alvik, R., Díaz, E.R., Honkonen, J., Kanerva, J., Karell, K., Kekäläinen, P., Lappalainen, J., Mikkola, R. and Mustasaari, T. (2015). Benthic conditions around a historic shipwreck: Vrouw Maria (1771) in the northern Baltic proper. Continental Shelf Research, 98, 1-12.


Published 2017-08-28 at 17:13, updated 2019-03-18 at 15:43

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