Aquatic Research in Changing World

Understanding and solving human-activity-associated problems in aquatic environment constitutes a key challenge, as many environmental problems culminate in aquatic systems and organisms. The biological state of aquatic environments and the sufficiency of clean water resources are at risk due to, for example, mining and industrial activities, and municipal waste loads. A sustainable and comprehensive management of water ecosystems in an industrial environment calls for high-level application and integrated development of materials science, environmental science and aquatic biology. Concrete, multidisciplinary joint projects are necessary, especially since the emissions into water of the mining industry and other human activity (including sulphates, cadmium, uranium, chemicals, etc.) have both direct and indirect effects on aquatic organisms and, in consequence, on human well-being. When developing water purification methods, it is optimal to understand the quantity in which each load factor needs to be removed to reach the acceptable levels in regards to aquatic organisms, what are the best operating methods to achieve this. The research area focuses on the biology of the aquatic environment, water-related safety aspects and understanding their overall effects, as well as on the development of technologies to solve these problems. The research area's main focus is on the effects of the mining industry on aquatic environment, ranging from industry and controlling of industry-induced emissions to function of aquatic systems.

Research area directors/ contact persons: Professor Vesa-Pekka Lehto and Professor Raine Kortet