#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The main research objects of the April expedition from St. Petersburg will be glaciers, numerous rivers and lakes, as well as geomorphological and paleogeographic work, organization of monitoring of permafrost soils.
A group of twelve scientists will be based on Bolshevik island, mapped by Norilsk discoverer Nikolay Urvantsev 90 years ago along with the archipelago.
The Cape Baranov ice base research station conducts year-round and seasonal work. The Roshydromet’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute head Alexander Makarov calls the research strategic, ensuring the safety of maritime activities and further in-depth research of the Arctic Ocean, the seas of the Siberian shelf and the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago:
“The ice base year-round and seasonal work includes the natural environment state comprehensive monitoring and the high-latitude Arctic fundamental research in a changing climate”.
Now a wide range of standard and special hydrometeorological and geophysical observations at the station is performed by 19 people. After the April landing, several more research groups will join scientists to conduct glaciological, hydrological, geomorphological and other types of observations.
The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute is the world’s leading research center for the Earth’s polar regions study. The Institute carries out the entire cycle of work in high latitudes in the interests of the Russian Federation and commercial companies. The scientific subdivisions of the institute are engaged in fundamental and applied research on climate, processes in the atmosphere, near space, marine environment and ice cover.
For 100 years of scientific work, the institute’s specialists have organized about 1100 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. In 1993, the institute was given the status of a state scientific center of the Russian Federation.
Previously, scientists refined the map of earthquakes in the Arctic. And the North Pole scientific ice platform will go on its first voyage to study the Arctic in September.
Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: vk.com/arcticandantarctic