The first major scientific expedition to the Arctic in 30 years

The first major scientific expedition to the Arctic in 30 years

A large scientific expedition will analyze the impact of man on the Arctic ecosystem and will work on methods to distinguish between natural and artificial reasons for changes in living systems. The Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is the organizer in 2022 and has the support of the company Norilsk Nickel.

This year scientists representing several institutes of the Siberian branch, with the support of Norilsk Nickel, for the first time since the 1990s will conduct extensive biodiversity studies in the company’s business areas on the Kola Peninsula.

“Our task is to analyze how human activities affect not only individual species or groups of species. We also deal with complexes that make up the ecosystem. In this way we provide a comprehensive analysis of biodiversity. Such an approach is a rarity in science. Therefore, it is extremely important that field works and sampling are better structured, “said Nikolaj Liscinski from the Central Siberian Botanical Garden of the Siberian Branch.

Arctic Ice, Scientific Expedition (Pixabay)

Taimur fauna calculations

In the winter, zoologists assessed the fauna on the Taimyr Peninsula, adds the journal of the Siberian branch of Science in Siberia.

“Winter calculations of fauna in Taimyr are very complicated due to extreme weather conditions. Even the Ministry of Natural Resources officially recommends not to do so. However, the data we wanted were collected mainly thanks to the support of the Taimyr Nature Reserve and experts who were of great help, “said Yuri Litvinov from the Institute of Animal Systematics and Ecology (Novosibirsk).

According to the journal, the scientists will use regular and pioneering technologies in their field work.

In 2020, for the first time in the last few years, the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences sent a large scientific expedition to Taimyr at the invitation of Norilsk. The task was to thoroughly study and assess the environmental impact of the oil spill at the Norilsk thermal power plant. In 2021, another major Norilsk expedition analyzed water, land, sediments, flora, fish and animals, as well as perennial frozen areas. The teams consisted of experts from 14 research institutes, based in Norilsk, Yakutsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and Barnaul.

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