What is Field Observatory

Field Observatory was created to monitor the processes of soil carbon sequestration and the effects of carbon farming on agricultural fields. It is an open-access online platform for visualizing measurement data and modelling results at pilot Carbon Action farms. Field Observatory helps to understand the effects and usability of different carbon farming practices and the research behind. It is targeted at farmers, other practitioners and stakeholders, and anyone else interested. Field Observatory displays near real-time measurements, taken on site or by satellites at selected carbon farming fields. In the next phase, it will show forecasts of carbon sequestration calculated using a novel methodology that is being developed in the science part of Carbon Action. Field Observatory is developed by the Field Observatory Network (FiON), an alliance between researchers, farmers, community groups, companies and other stakeholders. The current FiON partners are the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI, the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Baltic Sea Action Group BSAG and Häme University of Applied Sciences HAMK. In this first phase, two intensive study sites and 20 pilot Carbon Action farms are included in the Field Observatory.

The Team responsible of the Field Observatory:


The Finnish Meteorological Institute produces observation and research data on the atmosphere, the near space and the seas, as well as weather, sea, air quality and climate services for the needs of public safety, business life and citizens. Climate change mitigation and adaptation are emerging research topics at FMI. FMI coordinates the development of Field Observatory and takes responsibility for research at the intensive study sites, the use of the satellite data at all sites, and modelling of carbon sequestration and climate impacts. FMI team contributing to Field Observatory is Jari Liski, Istem Fer, Olli Nevalainen, Layla Höckerstedt, Laura Heimsch, Henriikka Vekuri, Annalea Lohila, Juha-Pekka Tuovinen, Liisa Kulmala, Markku Hakola and Lasse Jalava.


The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE is a multidisciplinary research and expert institute dealing with questions in society that have an impact on the environment. In Field Observatory, SYKE is responsible for the on-site monitoring of the field experiments on the pilot Carbon Action farms. SYKE contributor to Field Observatory is Tuomas Mattila.


The Baltic Sea Action Group, BSAG, works to restore the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea through extensive co-operation. BSAG is the initiator and co-ordinator of the Carbon Action work. BSAG leads the interaction and communication, and is especially responsible for the farmer co-design and the collaboration with companies. BSAG contributors to Field Observatory are Pieta Jarva and Laura Höijer.


HAMK Smart Research Unit at Häme University of Applied Sciences focuses on advancing digital services and applications across sectors. In Field Observatory, HAMK Smart team Olli Niemitalo, Antti Juntunen, Olli Koskela, Joni Kukkamäki and Iivari Kunttu are responsible for the implementation of the back end services and the user interface.