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Independent experts nominated by country party

Ari Kalevi Venäläinen

First name
Ari Kalevi
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
Atmospheric Sciences
UN languages spoken


Job function
Senior Research Scientist
Climate Service Centre
Telephone number
358 29 5394142
Work experience
Project manager (2013-2014) in the Academy of Finland funded project Study on risk management of extreme weather related disasters and climate change adaptation in Malawi and Zambia (SAFE-MET). Climate Expert (2011-2012) in Asian Development Bank funded project Water and Adaptation Interventions in Central and West Asia-TA7533. Project Manager (2010) in SADC Meteorology Project Inception Base (based in Pretoria, South Africa). Coordinator of activities (2010-2013) in Finland in EU FP7 Funded project FUME ( Regional data processing expert (1988-1991) employed by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in SADCC-countries (based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania); Thematic areas: soil moisture and forest fire risk assessment, climate change impacts, return levels of extreme weather; Geographical areas of experiene: Europe, Central-Asia, Southern Africa
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD, Meteorology, University of Helsinki, 1998
Number of Publications
Publication titles
(1) Venäläinen, A., Tuomenvirta, H., Heikinheimo, M., Kellomäki, S., Peltola, H., Strandman, H. and Väisänen, H., 2001. The impact of climate change on soil frost under snow cover in a forested landscape. Climate research. Vol 17, 3-72; _x000D_
(2) Venäläinen, A. and Heikinheimo, M., 2002. Meteorological data for agricultural applications. Physics and chemistry of the earth. Vol 27/23-24, 1045-1050; _x000D_
(3) Vajda, A. and Venäläinen, A., 2003. The influence of natural conditions on the spatial variation of climate in Lapland, northern Finland. International journal of climatology, 23, 1011-1022; _x000D_
(4) Venäläinen, A., Korhonen, N., Koutsias, N., Xystrakis, F., Urbieta, I.R. and Moreno, J.M., 2013. Temporal variations and change of forest fire danger in Europe in 1960-2012. Nat.Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Nat. Hazards earth syst. Sci. Discuss., 1, 6291-6326, 2013,; _x000D_
(5)Vajda, A., Venäläinen, A., Suomi, I., Junila, P. and Mäkelä, H., 2013. Assessment of forest fire danger in a boreal forest environment: description and evaluation of the operational system applied in Finland. Meteorol. Appl. Doi: 10.1002/met.1425; _x000D_
Total number of publications (including five above): 172 including 63 peer reviewed scientific articles
Organisation name
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Organisation street address
Erik Palmeninaukio 1,_x000D_
P.O.Box 503, FI-00101, 00101
Organisation city
Organisation country