#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. 55 scientists – students, graduate students and teachers from Norilsk, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Arhangelsk, Saratov – conducted large-scale research in the Arctic at the Arctic Floating University this summer.
For 21 days, the legendary icebreaker Mikhail Somov sailed along the route: Cape Desire on Novaya Zemlya, the Graham-Bell, Hayes, Hooker and Northbrook islands in Franz Josef Land.
The expedition was organized by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Roshydromet in partnership with Nornickel.
Research was carried out in 13 scientific areas: they studied climate, ecology, vegetation, fauna, historical buildings on the Arctic archipelagos, microplastics and much more.
Scientists were able, for example, to detect for the first time the emission of CO2 from ecosystem soils. The unique data obtained will make it possible to predict the response of the Arctic ecosystems to climate change and anthropogenic pressure.
It was a flight of four thousand kilometers. Upon returning home, the expedition members prepare scientific publications and reports on the research carried out. The organizers want young people to learn about the Arctic, its problems, geography, beauty and continue to study it when get a scientific status.
A film about the research and discoveries made by scientists, about their life on the icebreaker can be viewed on the YouTube channel of the Severny Gorod media company.
Earlier, we talked about the fact that scientists received unique data on the ‘sea unicorns’ – narwhals. We also reported that in August an expedition to study the Arctic seas and islands started from Murmansk, and scientists from the University of Copenhagen accidentally found the northernmost island of the planet.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: expedition members / vk.com / arcticuni