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On this page you will find information about potential MSc and BSc thesis topics and PhD research opportunities along with who to contact if you are interested. In addition, you will find information about summer research opportunities for BSc and MSc students. Of course, you are also always welcome to suggest your own ideas! You can jump down to the relevant topic section using the links below.

MSc thesis topics

  1. Heat and mass transfer in coaxial drill hole casings for geothermal energy applications (Kukkonen)
  2. Inverse solution of conductive heat transfer in 3D anisotropic medium (Kukkonen)
  3. Hydrothermally altered mineralized systems: Seismic reflection properties of rocks (Kukkonen, Koivisto)
  4. Cosmogenic isotopes in age dating of glacial bedrock morphology (Kukkonen, Whipp, Kulti)
  5. Processing and analysis of seismic reflection data in exploration and mining camps (Koivisto, Kukkonen)
  6. Thermal properties of meteorites (Kukkonen, Kohout)
  7. Inversion of subsurface drill hole temperature profiles for ground surface temperature history (Kukkonen)
  8. Induced seismicity in enhanced geothermal systems (Kukkonen, Korja)
  9. 3D fracture analysis of a postglacial fault (Kukkonen)
  10. Seismic deformation of till layers over a postgalcial fault using anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (Kukkonen, Salminen)
  11. Radiogenic heat production model of the lithosphere based on geochemistry and seismic data (Kukkonen, Veikkolainen)
  12. Geoneutrinos and radiogenic heat production of the Earth (Kukkonen, Veikkolainen)
  13. Potassium in the earth’s core? (Kukkonen)
  14. Heat producing elements in iron and stony iron meteorites (Kukkonen)
  15. Magnetic minerals in the upper mantle (Kukkonen)
  16. Fracture orientation analysis of the Outokumpu deep drill hole with acoustic televiewer data (Kukkonen)
  17. Low temperature thermochronology Fission track & He-U-Th-methods (Whipp, Kukkonen)
  18. Modeling of thermochronological data (Whipp, Kukkonen)
  19. Water in the mantle: geophysical implications (Kukkonen)
  20. Data processing and interpretation of seismic data from Siilinjärvi phosphate mine for mine planning (Koivisto)
  21. Study of shock darkening in selected chondritic meteorites (Kohout)
  22. Changes in reflectance spectra of olivine and pyroxene due to space weathering (Kohout)
  23. Asteroid exploration concepts using small satellites (Kohout)
  24. Plate tectonics - Rapakivi related Mesoproterozoic mafic dyke swarms in Baltica: 1.5 Ga Ragunda, Sweden (Salminen, Bjarne Almqvist (Uppsala U), Sten-Åke Elming (Luleå U))
  25. Plate tectonics - Rapakivi related Mesoproterozoic mafic dyke swarms in Baltica: 1.5 Ga (?) Kopparnäs, Finland (Salminen, Satu Mertanen (GTK), Fredrik Karell (GTK))
  26. Plate tectonics - Rapakivi related Mesoproterozoic mafic dyke swarms in Baltica: 1.58 Ga Nordingrå, Sweden (Salminen, Bjarne Almqvist (Uppsala U), Sten-Åke Elming (Luleå U))
  27. Plate tectonics – Svecofennian gabbros and amalgamation of Baltica (Salminen, Satu Mertanen (GTK), Ulf Söderlund (Lund U))
  28. Plate tectonics – Mesoproterozoic mafic magmatism on Congo Craton/ Congo in supercontinent Nuna, Selected 1.5 Ga, 1.37 Ga, and 1.1 Ga intrusions (Salminen, Dave Evans (Yale U), Richard Hanson (Texas Christian U))
  29. Plate tectonics - Baltica´s journey towards Neoproterozoic supercontinent Rodinia, Ca. 1.07 Kautokeino mafic dykes, Norway (Salminen, Evgeniy Kulakov (Oslo U), Trond Torsvik (Oslo U), NGU)
  30. Ediacaran nightmare – Iranian contribution, Ediacaran mafic dykes and red beds (Salminen, Iranian colleagues, Anu Kaakinen (U of Helsinki))
  31. Magnetotratigraphy – Magnetotratigraphy of the K-Pg marine sediments of Namibe basin, Angola (Salminen, Louis Jacobs (Southern Methodist U of Texas), Octávio Mateus (New U of Lisbon))
  32. Environmental magnetism - K-Pg marine carbonates of Paríba basin, NE Brazil (Salminen, Ricardo Trindade (U of São Paulo, Brazil), Alcides Sial (U of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil))
  33. Physical effects of meteorite impacts on rocks, Impact craters in Finland (Salminen, Lauri Pesonen (U of Helsinki), Jüri Plade (U of Tarto))
  34. Radiogenic heat production maps of Sweden (Veikkolainen)
  35. Geophysical properties of the Pyhäsalmi area (Veikkolainen)
  36. Combining infrasound and seismic data in seismic event detection (Seismology)
  37. Seismic hazard in the Helsinki region (Seismology)
  38. Tomogrphic velocity model of the Helsinki region (Seismology)
  39. Accelometer and seismometer data in the Helsinki region (Seismology)
  40. Automatic dection of seismic events in urban areas (Seismology)
  41. Open quake and seismic hazard in Finland (Seismology)
  42. Big data in seismology (Seismology)
  43. Structural studies along deep seismic line (Seismology)
  44. Refocusing and time reversal (Hillers, Seismology)
  45. Fault zone wave detection along the North Anatolian fault (Hillers, Seismology)
  46. Crustal and fault zone monitoring using noise correlations (Hillers, Seismology)
  47. Automatic determination of earthquake  depth /source parameters(moment, corner frequency, stress drop,...) / focal mechanism (Uski, Seismology)
  48. Attenuation (coda Q etc) (Uski, Seismology)
  49. Automatic identification/classification of frost events (detections caused by 
    Frost) (Uski, Seismology)
  50. Influence of seismic station locations on data acquired and threshold event size, Kovoula, Finland (Vuorinen, Oinonen, Seismology)
  51. Volcanism and heat transfer in the Andes: Influences of arc volcanoes on crustal strength (Whipp)
  52. Ablative subduction in the Andes: An alternative mechanism for removal of mantle lithosphere? (Whipp)
  53. Quantifying rates of bedrock landsliding in mountainous regions and their implications for landscape erosion (Whipp)
  54. Effects of orographic precipitation on mountain evolution in 3D (Whipp)
  55. Where does landslide-derived sediment go and how long does it take? (Whipp)

BSc thesis topics

Preliminary title and/or topicResearch skill(s) to developContact person(s)

Data mining in mining and exploration environments /

Tiedonlouhinta malminetsinnässä

Literature review,

Drill hole database analyses and data mining

Emilia Koivisto

more coming soon..  

PhD research opportunities

Available doctoral research projects can be found on the PhD research opportunities page. You're most welcome to contact us to discuss these or other project ideas!

Ilmo Kukkonen, Professor of Solid Earth Geophysics, Department of Physics, Physicum room D311
Email: ilmo.kukkonen [at], Tel: +358 40 5771262

David Whipp, Associate Professor of Geodynamic Modelling, Department of Geosciences and Geography, Exactum room D430
Email: david.whipp [at], Tel: +358 50 3199336

Emilia Koivisto, Lecturer of Applied Geophysics, Department of Geosciences and Geography, Physicum room B124
Email: emilia.koivisto [at], Tel: +358 50 4160626

Summer research internships

If you are a current BSc or MSc student seeking a summer research opportunity, please check out the options on our summer internships page.

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