North Pole-41 expedition starts observations

North Pole-41 expedition starts observations

November 18, 2022

The scientific research list includes the substantiation of Russia's application for the expansion of the country's continental shelf.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. For a month, the polar explorers have been deploying scientific laboratories and test sites at a distance of 500 meters from the platform. The team has now begun the observation program.

The constructed polygon includes geophysical, ice research, meteorological stations: laboratories, an oceanographic terminal, a magnetic pavilion, a workshop, an ice morphometric polygon and the Toros polygon.

Now scientists have begun research in the ice science camp and in the laboratories on board. The expedition is planning more than 50 types of observations and a comprehensive study of the natural environment of the Arctic, the patterns and causes of changes in the climate system, and the biodiversity of the Arctic region.

“The data obtained will make it possible to describe climate transformations in the coming decades. The data will be used to ensure safe navigation along the Northern Sea Route, the implementation of major infrastructure projects and to obtain new information to substantiate the Russian Federation’s application to expand the boundaries of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.

In the near future, a garage for maintenance of equipment will be erected in the camp, and the deployment of a unique measuring system aimed at studying large-scale fluctuations in the ice cover and its response to atmospheric disturbances will continue. The runway construction will begin in January”, said Alexander Makarov, director of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

In the first month of operation of the drifting station, scientists launched a deep-sea oceanographic complex and began regular sounding of the water column of the Arctic Ocean.

Earlier, we reported on the North Pole ice-resistant platform testing.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: Olga Polyanskaya

November 18, 2022

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