European conference of defence and the environment

Shooting and Training Area Management

Speaker information

Matthew Bigl, USA

Mr. Bigl’s academic career focused on paleoclimate and landscape change inferred from lake core investigations throughout the United States. At CRREL, he has worked on crevasse detection, Arctic/Antarctic mapping, and ice sheet runway analysis. Additionally, Mr. Bigl is working on research related to military training range characterization, procedural development, and laboratory analysis of samples from explosive and propellant testing. Currently, Mr. Bigl is the lead principal investigator on the Engineered Landforms project to develop a large scale, testable desert surface in a variable-controlled environment to aid dust modeling efforts at CRREL and throughout the Army.  EDUCATION: M.S., Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College , B.S., Geology, Middlebury College.

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Fredrik Johnsson, Sweden

Lieutenant Colonel Fredrik Johnsson is a doctoral student in risk management at the Swedish Defence University and Lund University. The research is focused on developing a model for the management of risks from explosive remnants in the Swedish society, i.e. unexploded ordnance on former military sites and dumped ammunition in lakes and rivers. Fredrik is former operational director of the Swedish EOD and Demining Centre (SWEDEC), with more than 20 years of experience from national and international explosive ordnance disposal and mine clearance operations.

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Rolf Keiser, Schwitzerland

I currently hold a position as a Senior adviser at the Environmental and Portfoliomanagement Department of armasuisse real estate of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport. After an education in chemistry and some years working in the field of organic synthesis in a private research lab, I obtained a master’s degree in geology.  My career started as I consultant in the field of environmental pollution and ground water investigation. In my role as project leader I was responsible for clean up operations on construction sites.

In 2006 I moved to my current position, where I am responsible for the investigation of smal arms shooting ranges, remediation of contaminated sites and development of new standards for investigation strategies of firing ranges. For some years I have been participating participating in NATO range-related technical activities.

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Kari Koponen, Finland

Kari Koponen is working as a senior adviser at the Environmental Department of the Construction Establishment of the Finnish Defence Administration (CEDA). He has an M.Sc in environmental hygiene and Ph.D in environmental toxicology. Mr Koponen has over 25 years of professional experience from environmental research and consultancy. He has extensive knowledge on risk assessment, soil and groundwater investigation and monitoring, as well as remediation of contaminated sites.

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Ville Maijanen, Finland

Ville Maijanen works as a CEO in his own consulting company Deton Finland. He has versatile experience around civil and military small arms shooting ranges, both indoors and outdoors. He has M.Sc. in economics in which context he has researched competitive accessibility and relative location of shooting ranges in Helsinki metropolitan area. He’s working with pilot projects relating noise control, soil contamination management, environmental permission processes, safety and more. Latest project is unique and uses marine container as BAT compliant bullet recovery solution. His previous career has been in the field of information management, especially with ERP systems.

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Terhi Svanström, Finland

Terhi Svanström is the Chief of Environmental Protection in the Defence Command Finland. She has M.Sc. in geology and mineralogy. Prior to her current position she workedfor 14 years as an environmental consultant, most of the time as a project manager. She has specialized in hydrogeology, investigation of contaminated sites and risk assessments. 

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Michael R. Walsh, USA

Mr. Walsh is a Senior Research Engineer at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.  He began his research on training impacts on military training ranges in 1993, developing solutions for white phosphorus contamination of an impact area in Alaska.  Since 2002, he has focused on the deposition of energetic materials at firing and impact points resulting from live-fire training.  His current research focus is on the emerging class of munitions known in the US as insensitive munitions.  Mr. Walsh has conducted worked with researchers from Canada, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the UK, and France.  He recently participated on the Trilateral Workgroup on Environmental Concerns for Cold Regions Military Operations and is a participant on the Nordic Environmental Protection of Heavy Weapons Ranges.  He has been participating in NATO range-related technical activities since 2007 and currently leads Technical Teams on range design for sustainability and range characterization.  He recently completed, with the UK, a successful Collaborative Demonstration of Technology on Range Characterization for NATO at the Defence Academy of the UK.

EDUCATION:  M.E., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Thayer School Of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1991; B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Thayer School Of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1978;  A.B., Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1977

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Lassi Warsta, Finland

Lassi Warsta (D.Sc. Tech.) has been a university researcher over a decade concentrating on water management and quality issues in agricultural, forested and urban areas. His main research interests are hydrological model development and model applications that further our understanding of processes governing water movement and solute transport in the environment. He moved into the consulting field last autumn offering custom model development and simulation services for hydrological and environmental pollution problems.

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Nathaniel Whelan, USA

Mr. Whelan is an Army Civilian responsible for management of the U.S. Army Europe’s Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program and is the Custodian of NATO STANAG 2594, Best Environmental Protection Practices for Sustainability of Military Training Areas. He is a member of the NATO Environmental Protection Working Group and supports U.S. European Command and U.S. Army Europe theater security cooperation initiatives.

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Venue

Viking Line m/s Mariella
Katajanokka ship terminal
Helsinki
Finland