Narasinha Shurpali, PhD, Senior Researcher

Expertize: Eddy covariance; simulation models; atmosphere-biosphere interactions

E-mail: narasinha.shurpali (a)

Phone: +358 40 355 3321

Room number: Snellmania 4132



My Ph.D. research has focussed on the measurement of trace gas fluxes such as CO2 and CH4 from a pristine peatland in Minnesota, USA employing micrometeorological eddy covariance technique.  My subsequent research activities in various other ecosystems have made use of this knowledge gained during my graduate studies. I am interested in continuing to use these state of the art measurement techniques to understand the carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles in agriculture and other complex ecosystems such as natural and managed peatlands, forests on organic and mineral soils and arctic ecosystems. My other interest includes simulation modelling of biogeochemical cycles of C and N using the field data to validate the models that are an important tool in enhancing our understanding of the atmosphere-biosphere exchange. Given below are a few examples of my work in the two major areas of interest;

Eddy covariance related:

Narasinha Shurpali, Christina Biasi, Simo Jokinen, Niina Hyvönen and Pertti J. Martikainen. (2013). Linking water vapor and CO2 exchange from bioenergy crop cultivated on organic soil in Eastern Finland. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 168:48-57.

Shurpali N J, H Strandman, A Kilpeläinen, J Huttunen, N Hyvönen, C Biasi, S Kellomäki, P J Martikainen (2010) Atmospheric impact of bioenergy based on perennial crop (reed canary grass, Phalaris arundinaceae, L.) cultivation on a drained boreal organic soil. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 2: 3. 130-138

Shurpali N.J., Hyvönen N., Huttunen J.T., Clement R., Reichestein M., Nykänen H., Biasi C. & Martikainen P.J. (2009). Cultivation of a perennial grass for bioenergy use on a boreal organic soil – carbon sink or source? Global Change Biology Bioenergy 1, 35–50, doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2009.01003.x

Shurpali, N.J., S.B. Verma, J. Kim, and T.J. Arkebauer, (1995). Carbon doxide exchange in a peatland ecosystem, Journal of Geophysical Research, 100:14139-14326.

Shurpali, N.J., S.B. Verma, R.J. Clement, and D.P. Billesbach, (1993). Seasonal Distribution of methane flux in a Minnesota peatland measured by eddy correlation technique, Journal of Geophysical Research, 98:20649-20655.

Modeling related

Jinnan Gong, Kaiyun Wang, Seppo Kellomäki, Chao Zhang, Pertti J. Martikainen, Narasinha Shurpali, (2012), Modeling water table changes in boreal peatlands of Finland under changing climate conditions, Ecological Modelling, Volume 244, 10 October 2012, Pages 65-78.

Taru Palosuo, Bente Foereid, Magnus Svensson, Narasinha Shurpali, Aleksi Lehtonen, Michael Herbst, Tapio Linkosalo, Carina Ortiz, Gorana Rampazzo Todorovic, Saulius Marcinkonis, Changsheng Li, Robert Jandl. (2012) A multi-model comparison of soil carbon assessment of a coniferous forest stand. Environmental Modelling and Software, 35:38 – 49.

Robert Weiss, Narasinha J. Shurpali, Tapani Sallantaus, Raija Laiho, Jukka Laine and Jukka Alm, (2006). Simulation of water table level and peat temperatures in boreal peatlands. Ecological Modelling, Volume 192, Issues 3-4, 25 February 2006, Pages 441-456

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