Professor, Applied Statistics

The research of Professor Lauri Mehtätalo focuses on applications of statistics in forestry and environmental studies. His own long-lasting research topic is modelling of tree size and allometry based on the theory of mathematical statistics, and applications of these models to forest inventories based on remote sensing. Currently his group focuses especially on the applications of stochastic geometry and ordered spatial point pattern models in forest inventories. His research covers also applications of linear, nonlinear, generalized and multivariate mixed-effect models, especially for predictive purposes, in the context of forest inventories and forest growth. An important additional field of applications in recent years has been the modeling of greenhouse gas fluxes on peatlands. The research is now extending from mixed-effect models to applications of spatio-temporal models in forestry and environmental studies. In addition, prof. Mehtätalo has been involved in a large number of research projects as a statistical consultant.

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Faculty of Science and Forestry, School of Computing



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