Interventions – Book

Interventions – publication visualizes environmental change through photography 

Global environmental change calls urgently for new perspectives, practices and fresh imaginations. The book Interventions explores new possibilities for visualizing environmental change and introduces innovative ways for communicating environmental change and raising public awareness on environmental issues. The book is launched on November 26, 2016 at the Oulanka Research Station in Kuusamo, Finland, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the station.

Through essays and projects, the book explores the potential of art-science collaboration, how photography can contribute to the creation of a sense of place, and how photographic techniques allow us to show something familiar in a new light. Blurring the boundaries of science and fiction, it also questions how we see our environment, our place in nature, and how we understand science and art.

Interventions results from a series of international workshops organized by the UArctic Thematic Network on Communicating Arctic Research, also known as the SubZero collective. In the course of four years, the workshops have brought together students and professionals of photography as well as students and researchers in natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Interventions also highlights student contributions: workshop participants have taken most of the photos, and students are also to thank for the design and layout of the publication.

Interventions is an outcome of the Thematic Network’s project Visualization of Environmental Change, funded by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2014-2016. Other outcomes of the project are a traveling exhibition and a webpage which was launched at the end of August at

The book Interventions is available for order through the Oulanka Research Station.

Download the introduction essay here: Introduction to Interventions – Visualizing environmental change

More information:

Riku Paavola
Senior Researcher, Station Manager, PhD
Oulanka Research Station

Oulanka Research Station:

UArctic Thematic Network on Communicating Arctic Research:

Interventions. Visualizing environmental change.

First edition, 2016. 246 pages.

Editors: Minna Santaoja and Juha Suonpää

Layout: Marco Wesche

Graphics: Leon Farrenkopf

Visual editing: Walter Bergmoser and Alexander Lembke

Language editing: Riku Paavola and Michael Jacobs

Cover image: Lasse Lecklin: Polltinden (1285 m). From the series Man is the Measure of All Things

Publisher: Oulanka Research Station, University of Oulu, Finland