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Juho Lappalainen

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Sustainable Use of the Marine Areas


Tel: +358 295 251 576

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Marine Research Centre

P.O. Box 140, 00251 Helsinki, Finland

Street address: Mechelininkatu 34a, Helsinki

Current tasks

I am a researcher and scientific diver in Marine Spatial Planning unit in Marine Research Centre.

My tasks include management and analysis of marine spatial data, species distribution modelling and research on marine habitats. I am utilising programming and supercomputing for extensive GIS analyses and models on a daily bases.

I am involved in a couple of projects supporting maritime spatial planning working as an expert in marine ecosystems and GIS. I am also 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.


Having a multidisciplinary background, I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in Limnology from the University of Helsinki in 2016 and bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Aalto University in 2016. I am also an Advanced European Scientific Diver qualified 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 heading for a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and gaining expertise in challenging diving operations including cave and wreck diving utilizing 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
  • ZAN-SDI – National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Integrated Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning


Ruuskanen, A.T., Kraufvelin, P., Alvik, R., Díaz, E.R., Honkonen, J., Kanerva, J., Karell, K.,

Kekäläinen, P., Lappalainen, J., Mikkola, R., Mustasaari, T., Nappu, N., Nieminen, A., Roininen, J.,

Svahnbäck, K., (2015) Benthic conditions around a historic shipwreck: Vrouw Maria (1771) in the

northern Baltic proper. Cont. Shelf Res. 98, 1–12.

Published 2017-08-28 at 17:13, updated 2018-01-17 at 14:30

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