CarbonTree is a co-operation between the Institute of Atmospheric Research and Earth System Science, Department of Forest Ecology of University of Helsinki, software company Simosol Oy and artist Terike Haapoja.
The Institute of Atmospheric Research and Earth System Science (INAR), supports interdisciplinary research on atmospheric sciences and climate change. INAR acts as a center for national and international collaborative research and runs, for example, SMEAR stations and related research programs.
The aim of multidisciplinary activities at the Department of Forest Sciences is to promote ecologically, economically and socially sustainable use of forests and peatland.
INAR and the Department of Forest Sciences collaborate on exceptionally interdisciplinary research on environmental issues and climate change related to, for example, carbon balance of trees and forests.
PhD Liisa Kulmala has been responsible on the scientific content of the pages. PhD Nuria Altimir and PhD Pasi Kolari have participated in the provision of the content. Pasi Kolari has been also the expert of ecological modelling. Tommy Chan edited the English-language content. University lecturer Taina Ruuskanen is responsible for the educational material. The CarbonTree project is led by PhD Eija Juurola.
The site has been implemented by Simosol Oy that focuses on the development of the forest management decision support systems. The combining of a high degree of computing knowledge and forest-related decision-making expertise offers a broader range of options. Ivaylo Dzhedzhev built the CarbonTree animation using the Flint particle system by Richard Lord.
Graphic designer Merja Jaskara has designed the graphical layout.
The concept for the carbon flow animation is by artist Terike Haapoja.
The first version of the CarbonTree was funded by the Finnish Society of Forest Sciences and it was launched in 2009 when the Society celebrated its 100th year anniversary.
The development of the new Carbon tree pages, as well as the related Interactive Carbon Tree is funded by Tieteen tiedotus ry.