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Arctic Expedition On Spitzbergen
October 5, 2014 14:06


(Source: http://www.arcticuniverse.com/ru/news/20141003/09893.html)

 A permanent Russian scientific Arctic expedition is created on Spitzbergen, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

“Creation of expedition opens up many opportunities. First of all, it is a chance to improve the interaction between Russian and foreign research and educational organizations in performance of works both on the Spitzbergen archipelago and in the adjacent waters of the Arctic Ocean”  - the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia Sergey Donskoy said, his words being quoted in the report.

In addition, conducting scientific research in the Arctic is a key mechanism for ensuring Russian geopolitical interests in the region, Donskoy believes. The draft of the decree on expedition establishment was prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and submitted to the government on October 1. The expedition is being created as a division of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Service of Russia on Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment.

The preliminary number of staff of wintering and seasonal line-ups of the expedition makes up about 100 people. According to Donskoy, the organization of a permanent scientific expedition will also greatly facilitate its inclusion in international cooperation in the framework of the current Spitsbergen Science Forum (SSF) and the Svalbard international segment of the Global System for remote monitoring of the environment which is planned to be created in 2014-2015 (SIOS project). The scientific research on Spitzbergen has been actively carried out since the 1960s, they are attended by about ten Russian research organizations of the RF Ministry of Natural Resources, the Federal Service of Russia on Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment, the Russian Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations.

The research is conducted in the fields of geophysics, glaciology, oceanography, biology, geology, archeology and history, pollution monitoring, hydro-meteorological monitoring.

 



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Spitzbergen Arctic Expedition    

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