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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a state-owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company. As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO), VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. VTT has vast experience working as a partner in and as a coordinator of a diverse range of EU projects. In 2015 alone, VTT was involved in 355 EU funded research projects. VTT’s activities in the Smart Cities domain are characterised by genuine trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches with strong expertise in areas including sustainable urban development, clean technologies, bio-economy, ICT, transport and energy.

VTT is an active member of EERA, European Energy Research Alliance. In addition, VTT has a representative within EIP-SCC in the high-level group and in the Sherpa group. VTT is currently developing a roadmap for Smart Cities within CIB and contributing to the UN New Urban Agenda. Nationally, VTT has been a representative on the climate change panel, which advises the Finnish Parliament on sustainable cities, energy, and transport systems. In addition, VTT supports Finnish legislation in urban planning, energy certificates, bio-fuels, and the definition of building codes, among other areas.

UNaLab Team Members

Meet the UNaLab Team Members from VTT

Laura Wendling

Laura Wendling
UNaLab Project Coordinator
Arto Laikari

Arto Laikari
Work Package 5 - Climate & Water Resilient Urban Living Labs
Johanna Kuusisto

Johanna Kuusisto
Work Package 4 - ICT Framework for NBS Co-Creation and Data Management

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Managing Urban Water in a Changing Climate

Authored by Laura Wendling. Published in Rakennustekniikka in 2019.

Floodplain Restoration to Enhance Urban Climate Change Resilience

Authored by Maria Dubovik. Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland, 2019.

Key Enablers of and Barriers to the Uptake and Implementation of Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Settings: A Review

Authored by Shahryar Ershad Sarabi, Qi Han, A. Georges L. Romme, Bauke de Vries & Laura Wendling. Published in Resources in June 2019.

Nature-based Solutions - Resolving Climate Induced Urban Challenges

Authored by Zarrin Fatima, Laura Wendling, Ville Rinta-Hiiro, Johannes Jermakka & Maarit Särkilahti. Published in Maankäyttö in May 2019.

Managing Urban Water in a Changing Climate

UNaLab project partner Laura Wendling wrote an article for the Finnish Civil Engineering association’s magazine Rakennustekniikka, under the topic Managing Urban Water in a Changing Climate. The article focuses on the problem of urban stormwater runoff, that is expected to increase in the future due to increasingly intense and frequent heavy precipitation events as a result of climate change.

Co-Creating Nature-Based Solutions and Green Spaces in a Nordic Municipality

Authored by Anine Drageset. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2018.

Nature-based Solutions in Practice

Presented by Laura Wendling, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, to the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) in October 2018.

NBS and Urban Ecosystem Services

Presented by Laura Wendling, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, at the BY&FOR CITIZENS Conference in September 2018.

Call for Papers on Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Change Adaptation

The UNaLab team members Peter Roebeling, Teresa Fidelis, Anna Ståhlbröst and Laura Wendling are guest editing a special issue of the Open Access journal Resources on the topic “Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Change Adaptation”. They now invite papers that address one or more of the pre-selected issues. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019.

Benchmarking Nature-Based Solution and Smart City Assessment Schemes Against the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator Framework

Authored by Laura Wendling, Aapo Huovila, Malin zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, Mari Hukkalainen & Miimu Airaksinen. Published in Frontiers in Environmental Science in July 2018.

NBS and Water

Presented by Laura Wendling, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, at the Transforming Cities, Enhancing Well-being: Innovating with Nature-based Solutions event on 16 May 2018.

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