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Online course “Forests, wood, and carbon” starts 5.9.2022

Learn about the role of forests and wood in the carbon cycle. No pre-requisites! Students in all fields are welcome!
Pine forest
Pine forest

A new online course CHEM-C2470 Forests, Wood and Carbon (5 cr) is organized for the first time in the fall 2022. You may follow the course independently whenever it is suitable for you during I period 5.9. – 14.10.2022. The course includes short videos, texts, exercises and online exams. The course starts with an online introduction 5.9.2022 at 9:15. Register to the course by 12.9.2022:

Course registration in Sisu

Students on this course will learn about global carbon sources and sinks and the role of forests in the carbon cycle. The general rules of life-cycle analysis are introduced, including selected work phases, such as calculating carbon storage potential in the case of wood. The basic structure of wood is presented with links to its properties such as appearance, dimensional stability, and strength. Students will learn about the mechanical properties of wood as well its dimensional stability and moisture interaction at the cell-level. Students will become familiar with the most common long-lived wood products that are used in various applications in the built environment.

More practical information about the course will be updated in MyCourses:

Course information in MyCourses

Illustration showing the transportation of CO2 from the atmosphere to the leaves, sugars going down in the phloem layer, water from the roots to the crown and oxygen back to the atmosphere.
This course follows the carbon atom from photosynthesis reaction in a tree to wood products acting as carbon storage. (Daniela Altgen)

To support learning the course includes several short videos, such as presented below. Even more videos can be found from this Youtube-channel:

Aalto University - Wood Science

The course is also available in spring 2023 period V (24.4. – 9.6.2023). Find out about other Wood science courses and Aalto Wood minor from the link below:

Wood science teaching

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Please contact the course staff by email: [email protected]

  • Kristiina Lillqvist
  • Daniela Altgen
  • Lauri Rautkari, Professor
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