#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Center for Arctic Studies has drilled a new well in Yamal to monitor the permafrost state in Russia. It will be included in the state observation network created under the auspices of Roshydromet.
The Scientific Center for the Study of the Arctic employees brought a drilling rig weighing 250 kilograms to the Poluy weather station and drilled a thermometric well more than 25 meters deep (the height of a nine-story building), while preserving the surface soil layer as much as possible. The well depth is justified by the fact that the influence of atmospheric action on the permafrost roof stops there.
32 sensors were installed inside for observations. With the help of special equipment, every four hours information reports will be sent to the satellite directly from the underground. The data will be sent to the server of the Roshydromet’s analytical center.
“In total, by the end of 2025, 140 similar observation posts should be equipped in different regions of the country. This will make it possible to obtain accurate information on the state of permafrost and predict trends in changes in permafrost conditions”, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug governor’s press service says.
The permafrost monitoring state system’s new observation point has become the second in Yamal. The first observation well was opened in Salehard in May this year.
Recall that Nornickel is developing a network of wells in the Arctic to monitor permafrost, the task is to assess the impact of permafrost thawing in the Norilsk region in order to manage the risks of emergencies. The company will invest more than ten billion rubles in the permafrost monitoring system. In the spring of 2022, a center for monitoring buildings and structures began to operate in the city. Norilsk’s experience in preserving permafrost was discussed at the Arctic Forum. Last year, wells were drilled in the undergrounds of 53 Norilsk houses, and inclinometers were installed in attics.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Olga Polyanskaya