New Mega-facility in Western Siberia developed by Tomsk State University, a member of INTERACT
Within the confines of West Siberia, a unique mega-profile for landscape-ecological investigations, the extension of which is 2500 kilometers from the Southern Siberia mountains to the deep Arctic, all-season environment condition monitoring (spring, summer, autumn, winter) and biogeochemical sampling has been organized. According to profile, a network of research stations has been set up: Aktru (North-Chuy Ridge, South-Eastern Altay), Kaybasovo (the mid-channel plain of the Ob River), Khanymey (the southern edge of the criolithic zone), the North-Komsomolskoye deposit (the intermittent frost zone). All the research stations are included in the International Circumpolar network of research stations INTERACT-II of the largest project of the EU’s program Horizon 2020.
Mega-facility in Western Siberia (.ppt)
Aktru International Research Station
The North-Chuya ridge, Altai MountainsThe research at Aktru Research Station focuses on glaciology, hydrology, meteorology, geomorphology, ecology, botany, zoology, and soil science. The main aims are to study climate-driven glacier dynamics, hydrological regimes, cryogenic processes, landscape patterns, and biota.
The station implements international projects, including the TSU International Summer Schools on Climate Change. In 2014, the station Aktru was visited by Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, and a group of scholars and travelers under the direction of Frederik Paulsen, the Honorary Consul for the Russian Federation (Switzerland).
The station is included in the INTERACT Station Catalogue.
Kaybasovo International Research StationThe floodplain of the Ob River
Areas of research: biotic cycle of carbon and its accompanying elements in the flood basin; migration of water-soluble materials from catchment ecosystems to water bodies; hydrochemical, hydrobiological properties and ichthyology of the Middle Ob; productivity optimization; faunistic and ornithological studies.
Khanymey International Research Station
A tundra zone in the central part of Western Siberia
Areas of research: influence of climatic variations on biotic cycle of carbon and its accompanying elements on half-relief peatbogs; biogeochemical functions of microorganisms; migration of water-soluble materials from catchment ecosystems to water bodies; hydrochemical, hydrobiological and microbiological studies of surface water.
A geographic information system has been developed for gathering, storage and analysis of data concerning geochemically interconnected landscapes, geochemical properties of surface and bog water, bottom sediments and peats.