Scientists from different Siberian regions studied the atmosphere over the Arctic. The members of the expedition flew around five Arctic seas in two weeks and took more than a hundred samples, reports the Novosibirsk State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.
The research trip took place on the TU-134 aircraft, which was produced in the USSR for agricultural photography. Today it is used for scientific purposes. There is a photo hatch on the board of the aircraft, thanks to which it was possible to settle a scientific laboratory.
“Scientists from the Tomsk Institute of Optics and Atmosphere have created this laboratory together with us. It is constantly being modernized, every year they make some changes, acquire new equipment”, said Andrey Mikhalchishin, an onboard test operator of the Chaplygin Siberian Aviation Research Institute.
The main goal of the expedition is to study global warming in the Arctic and the ecological situation.
“We see that it is really getting warmer: there are light hydrocarbon fractions in the particles. This is fraught with the fact that the border of permafrost is leaving, infrastructure problems begin”, said a senior researcher at the SB RAS’s Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion named after Voevodsky Alexander Kozlov.
At the end of November this year, experts will tell about the first results of the study.
Text: Victor Tsaryov, Photo: ru.arctic.ru