Arctic floating university to study atlantic walruses
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Arctic floating university to study atlantic walruses

August 15, 2022

The new expedition scientists have been assessing the marine mammals population within two and a half weeks.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The XV expedition of the Arctic floating university, which started from Dikson, is taking place on board the research expedition ship Mikhail Somov.

The 19 people are specialists from Rosneft, the Arctic Research and Design Center for Offshore Development, NArFU, Moscow State University), Karpinsky All-Russian Research Geological Institute, the Severtsov Institute for Ecology and Evolution Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Soil Institute named after Dokuchaev, the Russian Arctic National Park and the Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The expedition members will carry out a complex of research works on the Franz Josef Land archipelago. In particular, they study geological outcrops to clear up the Arctic archipelago’s geological structure, assess the current state and dynamics of the Atlantic walrus population as an indicator of the sustainable state of the Russian Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and study the biological activity of soils in background and anthropogenically disturbed ecosystems in the high Arctic.

Earlier, scientists during the Arctic floating university expedition explored snowfields in the north of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. We also told about the discoveries made by the previous expedition. This summer, Nornickel helped scientists count the inhabitants of the Arctic Ocean.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: istockphoto.com

August 15, 2022

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