[OSGeo-Discuss] How we replicate and build upon University of Turku (UTU), Finland's ideas and success
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Nov 23 02:17:27 PST 2018
University of Turku in Finland is doing inspiring work in building international bridges through their work in Tanzania.
Looking at the University of Turku (UTU) Finland work made me think that this is a great idea we can replicate for GeoForAll labs globally . It will be good to twin a lab in North America, Europe with labs in developing countries. It will be a great way to build joint ideas, collaborations and opportunities for working together in the future. What do you think?
From: Suchith Anand
Sent: 18 November 2018 05:58
To: GeoForAll; ML osgeo discuss
Subject: Welcoming University of Turku (UTU), Finland to GeoForAll
We are pleased to welcome University of Turku (UTU), Finland to GeoForAll.
UTU Geospatial consists of geospatial research, education and cooperation resources and activities at the University of Turku (UTU), Finland. Thier geospatial expertise is founded on multidisciplinary research and education and international cooperation globally. Geospatial data, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Earth observation, digital cartography, locational technologies and various geospatial analyses and modelling methods are applied in natural and social sciences, economics, humanities, medical sciences and education ( http://geospatial.utu.fi ). The geospatial research and teaching activities at UTU stem from easy access to digital geospatial data, software and hardware combined with access to cloud-based computing environments. These include a wide range of digital GIS and image processing software with laboratory and mobile installations, and the use of mobile devices, such as laser scanners, UAVs, GPSs, GNSS receivers, as well as smart phones and tablets. UTU is a part of Fiuginet, Finnish University Network in Geoinformatics since 2008 and the regional Spatial Data Infrastructure hub in South-West Finland, Lounaispaikka, since 2002. UTU are also part of AGILE, Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe and EARSeL, European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories. UTU has strong geospatial research profile especially in the subjects of Geography, Geology, Biology and Archaeology. These address dynamic nature-human processes where spatio-temporal information at different scales are integrated with biophysical field measurements and knowledge from the local communities and society through place-based mapping methods. Mapping, analyses and visualization is enabled through these multidimensional models of the dynamic Earth. We have key research and education expertise in fluvial processes and flood modelling; land cover/land use mapping and land change analysis; biodiversity and mapping of forest dynamics; coastal and marine environments and marine spatial planning; urban climate and environmental change; participatory spatial planning and citizen-science approaches, and Earth observation and geospatial innovations and business development.
University of Turku colleagues are doing excellent research and education through their various research groups. Some examples below
Tanzania Research Team http://tanzania.utu.fi
Amazon Research Team http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/amazon/Pages/home.aspx
Coastal Geography Group https://www.utu.fi/en/sites/coastal/Pages/home.aspx
Fluvial Research Group http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/fluvial/Pages/home.aspx
Urban Climate Research Group http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/climate/climate/turclim/Pages/home.aspx
We thank Niina Käyhkö and colleagues University of Turku for joining GeoForAll. We are looking forward to work with colleagues in making geospatial education and digital economy opportunities available for all. Please join us at https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/lab-submission/
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