Arctic permafrost preservation should become federal task

Arctic permafrost preservation should become federal task

April 19, 2023

A Krasnoyarsk scientist spoke on the global issue at parliamentary hearings in the State Duma.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Yury Zaharinsky, a senior researcher at the Siberian Federal University (SFU), made a presentation at parliamentary hearings in the State Duma on improving the legal regulation of permafrost issues. In our region, more than 65 percent of the territory belongs to the permafrost zone. A powerful industrial base has been created, major projects for the mineral deposits development are being implemented, and almost a quarter of a million people live here.

According to the SibFU, for 50 years, the average annual temperature in Taimyr has increased by more than 3.6 degrees. The amount of snow is projected to increase by 20-30 percent by the middle of the 21st century. According to the university press service, the problems of buildings and infrastructure facilities destruction as a result of soil thawing are associated with this. An increase in temperature leads to a reduction in the safe operation of winter roads and ice crossings, and this entails economic losses.

According to Yuri Zaharinsky, it is necessary to accelerate the domestic equipment development for the implementation of soil vibration substitution technology, as well as software systems for modeling thermophysical processes:

“Such software should be distributed as soon as possible in the technical universities of our country. It’s time to initiate the study of the federal subsidizing measures for the soils thermal stabilization in the Arctic zone”.

Earlier, Nornickel presented a monitoring system for buildings and structures at Skolkovo, students and teachers from the Polar State University visited the school of future permafrost specialists, and in Norilsk in 2022, three residential buildings foundations’ thermal stabilization was performed.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

April 19, 2023

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