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Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences Sends Great Norilsk Expedition to Arctic

Metal News - Published on Wed, 29 Jul 2020

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A group of scientists from Russia’s Academy of Sciences has embarked on a comprehensive study of the ecosystems and environment of the Arctic in an expedition to the Taymyr Peninsula at the invitation of Russian mining giant Nornickel. As part of its expedition, the group is tasked with developing proposals and recommendations on the best environmentally-friendly practices and solutions for industrial companies operating in the Arctic. The objective behind the expedition transcends the need to find viable, sustainable environmental solutions to solve local problems the group’s findings are expected to form the basis of new principles of management in Russia’s Arctic. The scientists will take into account both the experience of other countries engaged in resource extraction in polar latitudes and domestic developments.

The group comprises specialists in various fields, from geology to botany, petrochemistry to economic forecasting, all of whom have previous field experience and were recommended for this research by the heads of 14 academic and scientific institutions.

The route of the Great Norilsk expedition will cover the basins of the Taymyr rivers of Pyasina, Norilka, and Ambarnaya (Ambarka), as well as Lake Pyasino and Lake Lama. Over the course of five months (July — November 2020), the group of scientists will have to assess the magnitude of changes that have taken place in the Arctic over recent years.

The participants of the Great Norilsk expedition come from the following institutions:
The Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)
The Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)
Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)
Central Siberian Botanical Garden of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)
Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Krasnoyarsk)
Sukachev Institute of Forest of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Krasnoyarsk)
Biophysics Institute of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Krasnoyarsk)
Melnikov Permafrost Institute of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Yakutsk)
Institute of Oil and Gas Problems of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Yakutsk)
Research Institute of Agriculture and Ecology of the Arctic (Norilsk)
Institute of Petroleum Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Tomsk)
Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Barnaul)
Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (Novosibirsk)

The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences was established in 1957. It is the largest regional branch of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, with scientific centers and institutes in Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Kemerovo, Tyumen, Omsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Kyzyl, Chita, Norilsk, and Abakan, among cities. The Siberian branch supervises the work of 86 research organizations. Its areas of research include mathematics and computer science, energy, mechanics, control processes, nanotechnology and information technology, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, economics and humanities, and medicine and agriculture, in addition to interdisciplinary research. About half of its members are based at the Novosibirsk Scientific Centre. The branch has a total membership of 11,582 scientists, 110 of whom have written post-doctoral theses; 114 of these members are employed by scientific organisations affiliated with the Siberian branch. The Chairman of the Siberian Branch of Russia’s Academy of Sciences is Valentin Parmon.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 29 Jul 2020
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