Jukka Heinonen, professor at the University of Iceland's Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is among the world's top 1000 climate scientists, according to a list published by Reuters last week. He is the only scientists in Iceland to make it onto the list.
It is called the Reuters Hot List and addresses the impact that scientists are having on the climate change debate, which is one of the most important issues of our time. The list is based on three rankings: the number of climate science papers published under a researcher's name, the number of citations by other scholars in similar fields, and the public reach of their research, i.e. the number of references to the research in the media, social media, public policy papers and elsewhere in public discourse. The final score for each scientist is based on the sum of these three rankings and Jukka Heinonen is 704th on the list.
Jukka Heinonen has a Doctor of Science (Technology) degree from the Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics at Aalto University and an Master of Social Sciences degree from the University of Helsinki. He has worked at the University of Iceland since 2014, first as a senior lecturer and then as a professor from 2016. He also holds a position at Aalto University in Finland and has been a visiting scholar at the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of California, Berkeley in the US.
Jukka's research has focused on analysing consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, also known as carbon footprints. For example, Jukka and his colleagues conducted the first study into Icelandic consumption-based carbon footprints, which revealed that the carbon footprints of Icelandic households are similar to other EU nations, despite Iceland's unique position when it comes to energy supply. The study also showed that the consumption-based emissions burden of Icelandic households is the highest of the developing nations.
He has also researched so-called rebound effects in consumption patterns, which is the phenomenon by which reducing consumption of products or services in one area can lead to increased consumption in another area.
The Reuters Hot List of the world's most influential climate scientists and an explanation of the methodology are available on the Reuters website.