Timo Räsänen

Postdoctoral researcher, D.Sc. (Tech.)

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“She has neither language nor discourse; but she creates tongues and hearts, by which she feels and speaks.” -Goethe on Nature

Main research interests:

  • Hydrology and climate
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Water resources management
  • Hydrological impact assessment
  • Water, food and energy nexus
  • Water and society

Teaching:

  • Teacher of A!Eng Research Lab – Course on science, research and scientific writing for Doctoral candidates in School of Engineering. Course in MyCourses

  • Instruction of Master’s theses
  • Instruction of Bachelors’s theses
  • Individual lectures

Publications:

Scientific peer-reviewed articles:

Räsänen, T.A., Someth, P., Lauri, H., Koponen, J., Sarkkula, J. and Kummu, M., 2017. Observed discharge changes due to hydropower operations in the Upper Mekong Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 545, 28-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.12.023

Räsänen, T.A., Lindgren, V., Guillaume, J.H.A., Buckley, B.M. and Kummu M., 2016. On the spatial and temporal variability of ENSO precipitation and drought teleconnection in mainland Southeast Asia. Climate of the Past, 12, 1889-1905. doi: 10.5194/cp-12-1889-2016

Keskinen, M., Guillaume, J., Kattelus, M. Porkka, M., Räsänen, T.A. and Varis, O., 2016. The water-energy-food nexus and the transboundary context: insights from large Asian rivers. Water 8(5). doi:10.3390/w8050193

Heino, M., Kummu, M., Makkonen, M., Mulligan, M., Verburg, H., Jalava, M., Räsänen, T.A., 2015. Forest Loss in Protected Areas and Intact Forest Landscapes: A Global Analysis. PLoS One 10(10) e0138918. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138918

Guillaume, J.H.A, Kummu, M., Räsänen, T.A., Jakeman, A.J. 2015. Prediction under Uncertainty as a Boundary Problem: A General Formulation Using Iterative Closed Question Modelling. Environmental Modelling & Software 70: 97–112.doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.04.004

Räsänen, T.A., Joffre O., Someth, P., Tran Thanh, C., Keskinen, M., and Kummu, M., 2014. Model-based assessment of water, food and energy trade-offs in a cascade of multi-purpose reservoirs – A case study from the Sesan tributary of the Mekong River. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 141:1, 05014007. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000459

Lauri, H., Kummu, M., Räsänen, T.A., 2014. Using reanalysis and remotely sensed temperature and precipitation data for hydrological modelling in monsoon climate: case Mekong Rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology.doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-084.1

Räsänen, T.A., Lehr, C., Mellin, I., Ward, P.J., Kummu, M. 2013. Palaeoclimatological perspective on river basin hydrometeorology: case of the Mekong. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences,17, 2069-2081, doi: 10.5194/hess-17-2069-2013

Darby, S.E., Leyland, L.,  Kummu, M., Räsänen, T.A., Lauri, H. 2013. Decoding the drivers of bank erosion on the Mekong River: The roles of Asian monsoon, tropical storms and snow melt. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20205

Räsänen, T.A., Kummu, M. 2013. Spatiotemporal influences of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on precipitation and flood pulse in the Mekong River Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 476, 154-168, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.10.028

Räsänen, T.A., Koponen, J., Lauri, H. and Kummu, M. 2012. Downstream Hydrological Impacts of Hydropower Development in the Upper Mekong Basin. Water Resources Management 26(12): 3495-3513. doi: 10.1007/s11269-012-0087-0

Lauri, H., de Moel, H., Ward, P.J., Räsänen, T.A., Keskinen, M., and Kummu, M. 2012. Future changes in Mekong River hydrology: impact of climate change and reservoir operation on discharge. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16(12) 4603-4619, 2012 doi: 10.5194/hess-16-4603-2012

Research reports:

Meynell P-J., Carew-Reid J.,Räsänen T.A., Tilleard S.,Ketelsen, T., 2014. Exploring environmental flow regimes in the Lower Sesan in Cambodia. Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Ketelsen, T., Nguyen, V.A., Mai, K.V., Kummu, M., Ward, P., Meynell, P., Räsänen, T.A. 2013. Assessing the impact of sedimentation on reservoir life: example from Yali, Viet Nam Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Joffre, O., Someth, P., Hong, T., Räsänen, T.A., Cong, T.T., 2013. Land Use Suitability for Agriculture in the Sesan Catchment: Potential for Irrigation Development. Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Räsänen, T.A., Joffre, O., Someth, P., and Kummu, M., 2013. Hydropower and irrigation and their cumulative hydrological impacts – A case study from Sesan River basin. Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM –International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Ward, P.R.B., Räsänen, T.A., Meynell, P.-J., Ketelsen, T., 2013. Flood control challenges for large hydroelectric reservoirs: Nam Theun-Nam Kading Basin, Lao PDR. Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM –International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Gätke, P., Baran, E., Fontes H.M., Makrakis, S., Makrakis, M.C., Räsänen, T.A., and Samadee, S., 2013. Fish Passage Opportunities for the Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Cambodia –lessons from South America. Project report: Challenge Program on Water & Food Mekong project MK3 “Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level”. ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi Vietnam. Available at: CPWF MK3

Theses:

Räsänen, T.A. 2014. Hydrological changes in the Mekong River Basin: The effects of climate variability and hydropower development. Doctoral thesis, Aalto University. Available at: Aaltodoc

Räsänen, T.A., 2009. Modelling soil water and nitrogen in sandy and clay soils using HYDRUS (in Finnish only). Master’s thesis, Helsinki University of Technology (TKK).

Other:

Räsänen, T.A. Mekong River fisheries threatened by Chinese dams. China Dialogue, 13th Feb. 2017. Available here.

Räsänen, T.A. and Kummu, M., 2015. Are protected forests safe? Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) Newsletter, December 2015


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