Welcome to Kevo

Kevo research station (69⁰ 45′ N, 27⁰ 01′ E)  lies in Utsjoki  at the northernmost tip of Finland north of the continuous pine forest line at the subarctic of mountain birch forest zone close to treeline at forest-tundra ecotone. The station is open year round for researchers, students and meetings.

Kevo station gives access to research on the subarctic with wide range of ecosystems from pine stands at low altitudes to low alpine tundra, including one of Europe’s top salmon rivers. Manipulative experiments addressing cause-effect relationships of anthropogenic environmental changes and long-term environmental monitoring at Kevo support each other in a unique way. Long-term field experiments studying the effects of aerial pollutants as well as the impacts of reindeer grazing on ecosystems are available for research. The station has got treeline arboretums with different origins of circumpolar treeline species.  Kevo gives access to long term monitoring data sets: e.g. population dynamics on moths, voles, birds, plant phenology, pollen. There is up to 50 year old biogeographical mapping data. A reindeer research station and a fisheries research station are located in the area and their facilities are available upon agreement. Kevo is a member of several environmental research and monitoring networks such as the Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network.

Kevo is best known for the ecological research on plant herbivore interactions that initiated from the study of the autumnal moth larvae outbreaks that may lead to death of birch forests in large areas.

Old moth destruction area nearby Kevo research station.
Old moth destruction area nearby Kevo research station.

The latest winter moth outbreak in 2005-2009 destroyedabout 400 km2 of the birch forests in Utsjoki and the station is monitoring the recovery of the ecosystem. Kevo is also well known for research on palsa mires.  The long term data, well established research tradition at Kevo and location at forest-tundra transition zone makes it a perfect site for the study of environmental changes in the north. Welcome to Kevo!

Otso Suominen,

Station Manager

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