Ecologists explore nature near hydrocarbon deposits in Arctic

Ecologists explore nature near hydrocarbon deposits in Arctic

June 30, 2022

Scientists will make more than a thousand water and bottom sediments samples from the three northern seas.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Russian geographers and ecologists will explore nature in the hydrocarbon deposits’ areas in the Barents, Kara and Okhotsk Seas. Scientists will take more than a thousand water and bottom sediments samples, check the air conditions and assess the conditions in which local animals live.

The project coordinator from the Moscow State University’s geography faculty Vladimir Slobodyan said that in 2022 research will be carried out according to an adjusted and scientifically based program. Scientists analyzed the previously collected data array and decided on new research types that should show the more complete picture of the environment in the Russian Arctic seas waters.

Vladimir Slobodyan said:

The main environmental activities’ limitation in marine areas is the specially protected natural areas’ presence. But the Arctic region’s development and exploration in general and the shelf in particular is a promising task for our country. The physical and environmental conditions here are very specific. An integrated approach to ensuring environmental safety and careful Arctic natural resources’ development is one of the priority tasks.

From July 15 to August 15, three expeditions with researchers from Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences’ institutes and the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography are planned to the deposits’ areas. They survey the Barents and Kara seas’ deep-water areas, the Tazovskaya and Baydaratskaya bays’ shallow areas and the Okhotsk sea’s licensed areas.

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Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo:, the MSU’s press service

June 30, 2022

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