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Mirjam Orvomaa



Email: firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
Tel.  +358 295 251 484


Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Freshwater Centre/Hydrological monitoring
Visiting address: Latokartanonkaari 11
Postal address: FIN-00790 Helsinki, Finland

Present role

  • Coordination of the national hydrogeological monitoring network (groundwater and ground frost)
  • Main user of the groundwater database (POVET) and coordinator of use and development
  • Communicating information on groundwater quality and quantity monitoring and assessment to the press, policy makers, stakeholders and the public as well as EU directive reporting
  • Climate change effects on groundwater and water services


I have been working for the Finnish environmental administration since 2006 in various groundwater related tasks. My prior responsibilities have included groundwater monitoring and protection projects, preparing and writing publications, and assisting in the preparations of EU WFD water management plans. My master’s degree is from the department of Geology at Helsinki University, where I majored in quaternary geology and hydrogeology. Preceding the studies at Helsinki University, I took a Horticulturist degree in landscape design at Yrkeshögskolan Sydväst (today Novia University of Applied Sciences). My work experience has given a wide-ranging understanding of environmental issues, special knowledge of groundwater issues, understanding of groundwater-surface water interaction and groundwater dependant ecosystems as well as understanding of the whole hydrological cycle. Working for the environmental administration has also given a good understanding of the Finnish environmental legislation.

Research interests

  • groundwater
  • groundwater-surface water interaction
  • groundwater dependant ecosystems
  • climate change effects on groundwater and water services
  • adaptation measures for climate change effects
  • ground frost

Other activities

  • Member  and secretary of the national groundwater monitoring stakeholder group (2008–2016)
  • Member of the development group on generating collaborative groundwater monitoring
  • Member of  knowledge hub of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Member of the Finnish Nitrates Directive and EEA State of the Environment reporting groups


Mirjam Orvomaa's publications in the SYKE library database

Published 2019-08-09 at 14:55, updated 2019-08-09 at 14:54

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