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1st Congress of Arctic Universities Started in St. Petersburg
September 14, 2016 20:50


More than 500 scientists from 180 universities of the northern countries are participating in the forum.
Matters of thorough scientific studies of the Arctic and possibilities of international cooperation in this sphere will be the focus of attention at the first congress of Arctic universities. The UArctic Congress will take place in the St. Petersburg State University. The congress brings together over 500 scientists from 180 universities of the northern countries - Russia, Northern Europe, the USA and Canada, as well as Japan, China, France, and Germany.
"Geological studying of the Arctic assumes drilling the ocean bottom. However none of the existing vessels will be able to work in the Arctic. It would be most optimal to develop wide international cooperation for implementation these tasks", - the vice rector of the St.Petersburg State University Sergey Aplonov noted.
Mr. Aplonov believes that works in the Arctic are impossible without the Russian icebreaker fleet, however specialized freighter for drilling of the ocean bottom has to be produced. "It is a very expensive project. It is possible to implement it in case of international cooperation provided. We already have similar experience with both the Large Hadron Collider and the International Space Station", - the scientist believes.
Sergey Aplonov reminded that in the Soviet period a number of technical solutions and ideas on engineering such a vessel were offered, however were not implemented. Timeliness and prospects of returning to these and other practices in the sphere of geological studies of the Arctic will become one of the key subject matters of the congress, according to him.
Among other topics to be discussed there is interconnectedness of studies since the Arctic is a special world where ethnography, linguistics, physics, chemistry, glaciology, climate studies and other scientific disciplines are closely related.
Besides, results of 20-year-long cooperation in the framework of UArctic will be summed up.
The congress will last till September 16.
 


Sources: http://tass.ru 


Author: Vera Ivanova

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