#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This year, members of the of the Arctic floating university expedition will make two voyages to high latitudes – to Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. On the first voyage, on June 24, 50 people will go, including students, graduate students and scientists.
According to Alexander Saburov, director of the Arctic Strategic Development Institute at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NAFU), the educational program includes theory and research: “Together with the fieldwork, students are going to listen to lectures, and go on oceanographic investigations with experienced scientists”.
According to him, the project’s most significant scientific block is devoted to health: how the human body adapts to the conditions of high latitudes, what kind of sleep or anxiety disorders it may have, how the heart beats. The honored doctor of Russia, a cardiologist from Arhangelsk Leonid Zubov is among the scientific block organizers. The scientist spent more than 35 years in the Arctic – in remote tundra villages and reindeer herders’ camps, where he treated children and adults, studied their health.
“The study will help assess how the weather affects the human body, how much time is needed for rest, whether a person will be able to work in the Arctic for a long time in the future”, Rossiyskaya Gazeta quotes Zubov.
According to the doctor, in the future, this work will make it possible to competently select shift workers for the Arctic.
In addition, scientists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University will conduct research in Novaya Zemlya to find antibacterial drugs using new technologies for cultivating bacteria.
Earlier, we reported that on the Alexandra Land island, scientists found traces of a bear with three cubs. The scientists also assessed the biodiversity state in the Arctic rivers and lakes.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko