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  • Hochkirch, Axel; Samways, Michael J.; Gerlach, Justin; Bohm, Monika; Williams, Paul; Cardoso, Pedro; Cumberlidge, Neil; Stephenson, P. J.; Seddon, Mary B.; Clausnitzer, Viola; Borges, Paulo A.; Mueller, Gregory M.; Pearce-Kelly, Paul; Raimondo, Domitilla C.; Danielczak, Anja; Dijkstra, Klaas-Douwe B. (2021)
    Measuring progress toward international biodiversity targets requires robust information on the conservation status of species, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species provides. However, data and capacity are lacking for most hyperdiverse groups, such as invertebrates, plants, and fungi, particularly in megadiverse or high-endemism regions. Conservation policies and biodiversity strategies aimed at halting biodiversity loss by 2020 need to be adapted to tackle these information shortfalls after 2020. We devised an 8-point strategy to close existing data gaps by reviving explorative field research on the distribution, abundance, and ecology of species; linking taxonomic research more closely with conservation; improving global biodiversity databases by making the submission of spatially explicit data mandatory for scientific publications; developing a global spatial database on threats to biodiversity to facilitate IUCN Red List assessments; automating preassessments by integrating distribution data and spatial threat data; building capacity in taxonomy, ecology, and biodiversity monitoring in countries with high species richness or endemism; creating species monitoring programs for lesser-known taxa; and developing sufficient funding mechanisms to reduce reliance on voluntary efforts. Implementing these strategies in the post-2020 biodiversity framework will help to overcome the lack of capacity and data regarding the conservation status of biodiversity. This will require a collaborative effort among scientists, policy makers, and conservation practitioners.
  • Haavisto, Noora; Tuomi, Laura; Roiha, Petra; Siiria, Simo-Matti; Alenius, Pekka; Purokoski, Tero (2018)
    We made an assessment of the hydrography in the Bothnian Sea based on data collected by the Argo floats during the first 6 years of operation in the Bothnian Sea (2012-2017). We evaluated the added value of Argo data related to the pre-existing monitoring data. The optimal usage and profiling frequency of Argo floats was also evaluated and the horizontal and vertical coverage of the profiles were assessed. For now we lose 4 m of data from the surface due to sensor design and some meters from the bottom because of the low resolution of available bathymetry data that is used to avoid bottom collisions. Mean monthly temperature and salinity close to surface and below halocline from the float data were within the boundaries given in literature, although some variation was lost due to scarcity of winter profiles. The temporal coverage of the Argo data is much better than that of ship monitoring, but some spatial variability is lost since the floats are confined in the over 100 m deep area of the Bothnian Sea. The possibility to adjust the float profiling frequency according to weather forecasts was successfully demonstrated and found a feasible way to get measurements from storms and other short term phenomena unreachable with research vessels. First 6 years of operation have shown that Argo floats can be successfully operated in the challenging conditions of the Bothnian Sea and they are shown to be an excellent addition to the monitoring network there. With multiple floats spread in the basin we can increase our general knowledge of the hydrographic conditions and occasionally get interesting data related to intrusions and mixing during high wind events and other synoptic scale events.
  • Poso, Simo; Waite, Mark-Leo (The Finnish Society of Forest Science and The Finnish Forest Research Institute., 1995)
    A calculation procedure is presented for calculating and analysing remeasured permanent sample plots. Data for eight different fixed and variable size plot types were simulated on the basis of two stands whose trees were mapped and measured in 1982 and 1986. The accuracy and efficiency of the plot types were assessed and compared. The calculation procedure is based on treewise expansion factors and the division of trees sampled into state/measurement classes. Nine classes were required for variable size plots and six for fixed size plots. A relascope plot with basal-area factor 1 (m2/ha) proved to be most efficient for estimating basal-area at a given time and a fixed size circular plot with radius 10 m for estimating basal-area increment over a given time period. The main problems were related to the estimation of non-measurable variables, e.g., the initial diameters of ingrowth trees, i.e., trees having passed the threshold size during the measurement period. Most problematic were cut trees belonging to the ingrowth or sample enlargement classes. It is nevertheless thought that the system is appropriate for monitoring forest changes and making sensitivity analyses with permanent sample plots.
  • von Weissenberg, Rebecka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Klimatkompensation har blivit ett populärt sätt för konsumenter och företag att bidra till bekämpning av klimatförändring. Klimatkompensation, dvs. köpandet av en verifierad kompensationsenhet som produceras av miljövänliga projekt runtom i världen, regleras inte på en statlig eller mellanstatlig nivå, utan regelverket runt klimatkompensation består främst av självreglerande certifieringsprogram som upprätthåller regler och processer som kompensationsprojekt måste uppfylla för att få certifikatets tillkännagivande om kompensationsenhetens trovärdighet. Kontroversen kring till förhållandet mellan klimatkompensation och lagen om penningsamlingar (863/2019) som uppstod år 2019 har resulterat i att Inrikesministeriet inlett diverse utredningar om hur frivillig klimatkompensation kunde regleras och övervakas för att säkerställa att verksamheten sker på ett tillförlitligt sett. Under utredningsprocessen har möjligheten för Konsumentskyddsmannen att funktionera som övervakande och verkställande myndighet diskuterats. Detta utgör forskningsintresset i denna studie, som försöker besvara följande fråga; vilket/vilka reglerings- och övervakningsinstrument borde myndigheterna tillämpa på den inhemska klimatkompensationsmarknaden för att säkerställa att verksamheten fyller kraven på tillförlitlig klimatkompensation? Avhandlingen granskar ämnet från perspektivet av Konsumentskyddsmannens breda övervaknings- och verkställighetsmandat under konsumentskyddslagen (38/1978) genom rättsdogmatisk metod, men analysen grundar sig främst på rättsteoretisk granskning av regleringsstrategier presenterade i den internationella rättslitteraturen. De övervaknings- och verkställighetsstrategier som identifierades i den internationella rättsliteraturen genom en systematisk litteraturöversikt är 1) vägledning och instruktioner 2) offentlig tillkänna givning av privata certifieringsprogram genom separat lagstiftning samt 3) upprättande av en registreringsskyldighet för säljare av kompensationsenheter. Dessa strategier analyseras utifrån kriterierna av effektivitet och kostnads effektivitet, samt hur de förhåller sig till den finska Konsumentskyddsmannens övervaknings- och verkställighetsmandat. Dessutom framställs minimikrav som borde uppfyllas för att effektiv övervakning och verkställighet av klimatkompenseringens legitimitet kan säkerställas. Avhandlingen finner att även om sampeln är begränsad, borde Konsumentskyddsmannen inom sin så kallade compliance-verksamhet i första hand utveckla vägledning och instruktioner till både säljare och köpare (konsumenter) av klimatkompensationsenheter för att åtgärda informationsbristen som existerar inom denna marknad. Denna vägledning bör innefatta minimikraven på tillförlitlig klimatkompensation, samt redogöra för säljarens informationsskyldighet under 6 § och 7 § av konsumentskyddslagen. Tilläggsåtgärder med att antingen offentligt implementera ett privat certifieringsprogram, eller genom upprättande av en registreringsskyldighet, borde även implementeras för att säkerställa effektiv övervakning av denna verksamhet. Dock är de två senaste åtgärderna beroende av den framtida utvecklingen av EU-rätten eftersom konsumentskydd är ett område som berörs av principen för harmonisering inom den inre marknaden. Slutsatserna är även att implementering av regleringsåtgärder för klimatkompensation kräver mer forskning av diverse juridiska faktorer som kompensationsenheter berör, samt internationellt avgörande av hur klimatkompensation borde hanteras inom de mellanstatliga utsläppsminskningsmålen.
  • Varjo, Jari (The Finnish Society of Forest Science and The Finnish Forest Research Institute, 1997)
    A method was developed for relative radiometric calibration of single multitemporal Landsat TM image, several multitemporal images covering each others, and several multitemporal images covering different geographic locations. The radiometricly calibrated difference images were used for detecting rapid changes on forest stands. The nonparametric Kernel method was applied for change detection. The accuracy of the change detection was estimated by inspecting the image analysis results in field. The change classification was applied for controlling the quality of the continuously updated forest stand information. The aim was to ensure that all the manmade changes and any forest damages were correctly updated including the attribute and stand delineation information. The image analysis results were compared with the registered treatments and the stand information base. The stands with discrepancies between these two information sources were recommended to be field inspected.
  • Kujala, Urho M.; Hautasaari, Pekka; Vähä-Ypyä, Henri; Waller, Katja; Lindgren, Noora; Iso-Markku, Paula; Heikkilä, Kauko; Rinne, Juha; Kaprio, Jaakko; Sievänen, Harri (2019)
    Introduction: High physical activity (PA) at old age indicates good functional capacity enabling independent living. We investigated how different disease conditions are associated with measured PA indicators in old women and men, and whether they recognize this association. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional twin cohort study in Finland comprised 779 individuals (276 complete twin pairs, including 117 monozygotic pairs), who participated in hip-worn accelerometer monitoring of PA and responded to questions on diseases and mobility limitations at mean age of 73 (range 71-75). Results: Of the participants, 23.2% reported having a disease restricting mobility. With sex and age in the regression model, the reported disease restricting mobility explained 11.8% of the variation in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and 10.4% of the variation in daily steps. Adding stepwise other self-reported diseases and body mass index to the model increased the explanatory power for MVPA up to 18.5% and 25.5%, and for daily steps up to 16.0% and 20.7%, respectively. In the co-twin control analysis the PA differences were smaller in disease-discordant monozygotic than dizygotic pairs. Conclusions: Chronic disease conditions are associated with low PA, which individuals may not always recognize. Shared genetic factors may explain part of the associations.Key messages Among community-dwelling older men and women one-fourth of the variation in objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is accounted for by age, sex, body mass index and self-reported diseases. Occurrence of chronic diseases is associated with low physical activity and individuals do not always recognize this. Healthcare professionals should pay attention to the low physical activity and mobility of individuals with chronic disease conditions before these result in limitations in independent living.
  • Hashemi, Fatemeh; Pohle, Ina; Pullens, Johannes W. M; Tornbjerg, Henrik; Kyllmar, Katarina; Marttila, Hannu; Lepistö, Ahti; Klove, Bjorn; Futter, Martyn; Kronvang, Brian (MDPI, 2020)
    Water 12 6 (2020)
    Optimal nutrient pollution monitoring and management in catchments requires an in-depth understanding of spatial and temporal factors controlling nutrient dynamics. Such an understanding can potentially be obtained by analysing stream concentration–discharge (C-Q) relationships for hysteresis behaviours and export regimes. Here, a classification scheme including nine different C-Q types was applied to a total of 87 Nordic streams draining mini-catchments (0.1–65 km2). The classification applied is based on a combination of stream export behaviour (dilution, constant, enrichment) and hysteresis rotational pattern (clock-wise, no rotation, anti-clockwise). The scheme has been applied to an 8-year data series (2010–2017) from small streams in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland on daily discharge and discrete nutrient concentrations, including nitrate (NO3−), total organic N (TON), dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP), and particulate phosphorus (PP). The dominant nutrient export regimes were enrichment for NO3− and constant for TON, DRP, and PP. Nutrient hysteresis patterns were primarily clockwise or no hysteresis. Similarities in types of C-Q relationships were investigated using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) considering effects of catchment size, land use, climate, and dominant soil type. The PCA analysis revealed that land use and air temperature were the dominant factors controlling nutrient C-Q types. Therefore, the nutrient export behaviour in streams draining Nordic mini-catchments seems to be dominantly controlled by their land use characteristics and, to a lesser extent, their climate.
  • Working group for the Dam Safety Code of Practice (National Board of Waters and the Environment, 1994)
    Publications of the Water and Environment Administration - Series B 9E
  • Rochette, Anne-Julie; Akpona, Jean Didier T.; Akpona, Hugues Adeloui; Akouehou, Gaston S.; Kwezi, Blanchard Mayundo; Djagoun, Chabi A. M. S.; Habonimana, Bernadette; Idohou, Rodrigue; Legba, Ingride S.; Nzigidahera, Benoit; Matilo, Augustin Orou; Taleb, Mohammed Sghir; Bamoninga, Benjamin Toirambe; Ivory, Sarah; de Bisthoven, Luc Janssens; Vanhove, Maarten P. M. (2019)
    There is an increasing need for monitoring schemes that help understand the evolution of the global biodiversity crisis and propose solutions for the future. Indicators, including temporal baselines, are crucial to measure the change in biodiversity over time, to evaluate progress towards its conservation and sustainable use and to set conservation priorities. They help design and monitor national and regional policies on biodiversity; they also feed into national reporting on international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. We analyse the methodological approach of five small African projects resulting from a call to promote indicator development, improve monitoring capacity and strengthen the science-policy interface in the field of biodiversity. We compared their approach to existing guidance provided by the international community, specifically the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. To this end, we assess whether internationally recommended steps are effectively applied to national/local biodiversity monitoring in selected developing countries. We also present lessons learnt from workshop interactions between partners involved in these projects. Through our pilot projects we identified data availability and data accessibility, together with the involvement of stakeholders, as critical steps in indicator development. Moreover, there is a need for a better awareness and a wider application of the indicator concept itself. Hence, training of key actors both in the policy and science spheres is needed to operationalize indicators and ensure their continuity and sustainability. We hope that these case studies and lessons learnt can stimulate and support countries in the Global South to formulate policy-relevant biodiversity indicators.
  • Shu, Song; Liu, Hongxing; Beck, Richard A.; Frappart, Frédéric; Korhonen, Johanna; Lan, Minxuan; Xu, Min; Yang, Bo; Huang, Yan (Copernicus Publications / European Geosciences Union, 2021)
    Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 25:3
    A total of 13 satellite missions have been launched since 1985, with different types of radar altimeters on board. This study intends to make a comprehensive evaluation of historic and currently operational satellite radar altimetry missions for lake water level retrieval over the same set of lakes and to develop a strategy for constructing consistent long-term water level records for inland lakes at global scale. The lake water level estimates produced by different retracking algorithms (retrackers) of the satellite missions were compared with the gauge measurements over 12 lakes in four countries. The performance of each retracker was assessed in terms of the data missing rate, the correlation coefficient r, the bias, and the root mean square error (RMSE) between the altimetry-derived lake water level estimates and the concurrent gauge measurements. The results show that the model-free retrackers (e.g., OCOG/Ice-1/Ice) outperform the model-based retrackers for most of the missions, particularly over small lakes. Among the satellite altimetry missions, Sentinel-3 gave the best results, followed by SARAL. ENVISAT has slightly better lake water level estimates than Jason-1 and Jason-2, but its data missing rate is higher. For small lakes, ERS-1 and ERS-2 missions provided more accurate lake water level estimates than the TOPEX/Poseidon mission. In contrast, for large lakes, TOPEX/Poseidon is a better option due to its lower data missing rate and shorter repeat cycle. GeoSat and GeoSat Follow-On (GFO) both have an extremely high data missing rate of lake water level estimates. Although several contemporary radar altimetry missions provide more accurate lake level estimates than GFO, GeoSat was the sole radar altimetry mission, between 1985 and 1990, that provided the lake water level estimates. With a full consideration of the performance and the operational duration, the best strategy for constructing long-term lake water level records should be a two-step bias correction and normalization procedure. In the first step, use Jason-2 as the initial reference to estimate the systematic biases with TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and Jason-3 and then normalize them to form a consistent TOPEX/Poseidon–Jason series. Then, use the TOPEX/Poseidon–Jason series as the reference to estimate and remove systematic biases with other radar altimetry missions to construct consistent long-term lake water level series for ungauged lakes.
  • Nousiainen, Markus (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Rise in popularity of Cloud computing has introduced new challenges for IT-governance. The multitude of different services and possible configurations Cloud providers offer can make it hard to get a comprehensive overview of the environment. To successfully govern an organisations Cloud environment it is important to be able to easily make accurate and reliable observations of the environments state, security, and changes to the configurations. This thesis takes a look into the research literature to find out what kinds of risks have been identified in governing the Cloud environment and ways to mitigate them. One of the latest advancements in improving the Cloud governance is the introduction of automated formal reasoning tools for configuration analysis. One customer case where multiple vendors are building services on multiple cloud accounts is used as an example. Architecture for application, security, and audit log collection, indexing, and monitoring is described. Special attention is given to the identity and access management requirements. The thesis concludes with the assessment of the selected approach and tools and services used to implement it. Some alternative solutions, possible improvements, and further development to the implementation are considered.
  • Häme, T.; Aulamo, O.; Gallego, J.; Hallikainen, M.; Kauppi, P.; Lahtinen, P.; Miller, N.; Pulliainen, J.; Saari, H.; Sephton, T.; Stenberg, J.; Warren, C. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2006)
    This publication presents the results of a feasibility study on a proposed superhigh resolution satellite mission Kioto+. The study was conducted by an international consortium in response to the 2005 call for ideas for Earth Explorer missions of the European Space Agency (ESA). Kioto+ offers reliable and global data to near in-situ measurement accuracy on land cover and forest cover. It also gives information about their development over time. A super-high resolution optical instrument is proposed to achieve statistically representative and precise measurements. The information will greatly improve our understanding of the global carbon and water cycles, and the credibility of estimates of terrestrial carbon storage. The imagery will also give globally accurate training and validation data for wall-to-wall imaging instruments. The mission is named Kioto+ because the projected timescale of the mission (post-2011) means that it will primarily have relevance to successor treaties of the Kyoto Protocol to the FCCC of the United Nations.
  • Keskitalo, Jorma; Salonen, Kalevi (National Board of Waters and the Environment, 1994)
    Publications of the Water and Environment Administration - Series B 16
  • Felin, E.; Jukola, E.; Raulo, S.; Fredriksson-Ahomaa, M. (2015)
    The seroprevalence of Salmonella spp., pathogenic Yersinia spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spp. was studied in 1353 finishing pigs from 259 farms that were allocated according to farm types: large fattening farms (1000 pig places), small fattening farms (<1000 pig places) and farrow-to-finish farms. The antibodies were analysed with commercial ELISA kits in meat juice samples that were collected at Finnish slaughterhouses. Salmonella antibodies were rare (3% of pigs, 14% of farms) when the cut-off optical density (OD) value 0.2 was used. Antibodies to pathogenic Yersinia spp. and T.gondii were detected in 57% of pigs and 85% of farms (OD 0.3) and in 3% of pigs and 9% of farms (OD 0.15), respectively. No antibodies to Trichinella spp. were detected (OD 0.3). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considers Salmonella spp., Yersinia enterocolitica, T.gondii and Trichinella spp. as the most relevant biological hazards in the context of meat inspection of pigs. The seroprevalence of these important zoonotic pathogens was low in Finland, except that of Yersinia. The seroprevalence of Toxoplasma was significantly higher in pigs originating from small-scale fattening farms (P<0.05). Strong positive correlation was observed at the animal level between Salmonella and Yersinia seropositivity and between Salmonella and Toxoplasma seropositivity (P<0.05). We suggest that these results reflect the level and importance of biosecurity measures applied on the farms. Meat juice serology at slaughter is a useful tool for targeting measures to control these pathogens. The information obtained from analyses should be used as part of the food chain information (FCI).
  • Westman, Lars (Suomen metsätieteellinen seura, 1981)
  • Palonen, Petteri (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    This thesis considers a situation in which an economic agent has an incentive to not comply with the given regulation. Furthermore, the agent has an ability to allocate his resources in such a way that it decreases the probability of being caught for non-compliance. The economic literature on optimal enforcement uses the word 'avoidance' to refer to an activity which decreases the individual’s probability of being caught. The aim of this thesis is to analyze the optimal strategy to eradicate non-compliance when avoidance is present. A simple principal-agent scheme is introduced in order to discuss the optimal strategy to ensure the agent's compliance. Although this thesis contributes to the discussion of enforcement, the focus is not on fines. For the most part, the fine is assumed to be fixed. The analysis presented here has its interest in the optimal amount of socially harmful behavior and monitoring. The results suggest that, whenever asymmetric information and avoidance prevail, the optimal strategy to eradicate non-compliance depends on the agent's response on monitoring. If the agent's response to an increase in monitoring is to decrease his expenditure on avoidance, then the optimal restriction of the agent's harmful behavior is strict. However, if the agent's response to an increase in monitoring is to increase his expenditure avoidance, then monitoring is inefficient and it leads to an increase of potential resource waste, and for these reasons, it is optimal to relax the restricted amount of harmful behavior. The conclusion is that, whenever there is a valid reason to assume that the agent is willing to increase his expenditure on avoidance as a response to monitoring, regulators might be better off with a somewhat more lenient restriction on the amount of harmful behavior instead of a strict one.
  • Kohonen, Ilmari (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Global biodiversity continues to decline. Recent reports of decline in insect abundance and biomass are concerning, given the crucial roles insects play in multiple ecosystem processes, such as pollination, nutrient cycling and as a food resource for higher trophic levels. Based on the current state of the literature, it appears that total insect abundance and biomass are in decline, but there is considerable variation in trajectories in different regions and taxa. Many studies report on either aggregated community abundance or biomass, but few have examined how closely these two variables are correlated. For example, declining trends in large-bodied species could have disproportionately large effects on total biomass, even if total abundance remained stable. This, in turn, could have substantial consequences for predators dependent on insect biomass for food. Whether studying total abundance or biomass, long-term monitoring data are essential for robust estimation of temporal trends. In my thesis, I investigated trends in macro-moth abundance and biomass using data from the Finnish moth monitoring scheme (Nocturna) over a period of 24 years (1993-2016). My main objectives were to explore whether total abundance and biomass have changed over the timeframe examined, and to estimate the degree of correlation between the two variables in these data. As is typical for monitoring programs, only counts of moth individuals have been recorded. In order to obtain information on biomass, I created a predictive model for converting the recorded abundance counts to dry biomass based on species mean wingspan and body robustness. I weighed museum collection specimens of common moth species of variable sizes, and used these data for fitting the model. Additionally, I also investigated how local weather (thermal and precipitation) conditions during the growing season and winter relate to interannual variation in total abundance. Finally, I analysed potentially informative species traits (e.g., wingspan, voltinism, overwintering stage) in relation to population trends of individual species, because such associations could be underlying change in total abundance or biomass. There was no long-term change in total macro-moth abundance or biomass over the 24-year monitoring period. Abundance and biomass were very highly correlated (r > 0.9). In terms of interannual variation, total moth abundance and biomass showed a distinctive pattern suggestive of periodicity, with peaks at approximately 10-year intervals. Local weather conditions were very weakly associated with annual change rates of total abundance, leaving the interannual pattern unexplained. Lichen-feeding and multivoltinism (multiple generations per year) were positively related to population trends, supporting earlier findings. Especially relevant to potential trends in biomass, wingspan showed no relationship with positive or negative trends, which is in line with the high correlation between abundance and biomass in this dataset. My results imply that the total abundance and biomass trends in boreal Europe diverge from those commonly reported from temperate Europe. Further research is required to shed light on factors underlying total insect abundance and biomass trends. The method I developed for converting moth abundance to biomass is applicable to similar work elsewhere.
  • Mäkinen, Marja-Tellervo; Pesonen, Anne; Jousela, Irma; Paivarinta, Janne; Poikajärvi, Satu; Albäck, Anders; Salminen, Ulla-Stina; Pesonen, Eero (2016)
    Objective: The aim of this study was to compare deep body temperature obtained using a novel noninvasive continuous zero-heat-flux temperature measurement system with core temperatures obtained using conventional methods. Design: A prospective, observational study. Setting: Operating room of a university hospital. Participants: The study comprised 15 patients undergoing vascular surgery of the lower extremities and 15 patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Interventions: Zero-heat-flux thermometry on the forehead and standard core temperature measurements. Measurements and Main Results: Body temperature was measured using a new thermometry system (SpotOn; 3M, St. Paul, MN) on the forehead and with conventional methods in the esophagus during vascular surgery (n = 15), and in the nasopharynx and pulmonary artery during cardiac surgery (n = 15). The agreement between SpotOn and the conventional methods was assessed using the Bland-Altman random-effects approach for repeated measures. The mean difference between SpotOn and the was +0.08 degrees C (95% limit of agreement-0.25 to +0.40 degrees C). During cardiac surgery, during off CPB, the mean difference between SpotOn and the pulmonary arterial temperature was-0.05 degrees C (95% limits of agreement-0.56 to +0.47 degrees C). Throughout cardiac surgery (on and off CPB), the mean difference between SpotOn and the nasopharyngeal temperature was-0.12 degrees C (95% limits of agreement-0.94 to +0.71 degrees C). Poor agreement between the SpotOn and nasopharyngeal temperatures was detected in hypothermia below approximately 32 degrees C. Conclusions: According to this preliminary study, the deep body temperature measured using the zero-heat-flux system was in good agreement with standard core temperatures during lower extremity vascular and cardiac surgery. However, agreement was questionable during hypothermia below 32 degrees C. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Shy, Oz; Stenbacka, Rune (2001)
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    We analyze the role of subcontracting in industries where firms compete with their design of organizational production mode as strategic instrument. In particular, we investigate the decision of what fraction of components to produce internally and what fraction to subcontract. In-house production of components is assumed to generate monitoring costs, which increase as a convex function of the number of production lines managed in-house. We characterize the relationship between the equilibrium fraction of inputs subcontracted and the market structure of the final-product market. Amonop oly is shown to reduce the fraction of subcontracted inputs compared with the fraction outsourced by competing brand-producing firms. Under duopoly, the outsourcing decisions are found to be strategic substitutes. Finally, we investigate the welfare implications of horizontal mergers under complete and incomplete market coverage.
  • Hopker, James; Griffin, Jim; Brookhouse, James; Peters, John; Schumacher, Yorck Olaf; Iljukov, Sergei (2020)
    The efficient use of testing resources is crucial in the fight against doping in sports. The athlete biological passport relies on the need to identify the right athletes to test, and the right time to test them. Here we present an approach to longitudinal tracking of athlete performance to provide an additional, more intelligence-led approach to improve targeted antidoping testing. The performance results of athletes (male shot putters, male 100 m sprinters, and female 800 m runners) were obtained from a performance results database. Standardized performances, which adjust for average career performance, were calculated to determine the volatility in performance over an athlete's career. We then used a Bayesian spline model to statistically analyse changes within an athlete's standardized performance over the course of a career both for athletes who were presumed "clean" (not doped), and those previously convicted of doping offences. We used the model to investigate changes in the slope of each athlete's career performance trajectory and whether these changes can be linked to doping status. The model was able to identify differences in the standardized performance of clean and doped athletes, with the sign of the change able to provide some discrimination. Consistent patterns of standardized performance profile are seen across shot put, 100 m and 800 m for both the clean and doped athletes we investigated. This study demonstrates the potential for modeling athlete performance data to distinguish between the career trajectories of clean and doped athletes, and to enable the risk stratification of athletes on their risk of doping.