TSU’s research centre Trans-Siberian Scientific Way (TSSW) is organizing an international complex expedition, All Ob: From its Origins to the River Mouth. The expedition started with the beginning of an international summer school at the TSU station Aktru in the Altai and will be completed in Salekhard, onboard a floating research institute with international experts and government officials.
The expedition consists of two stages, and its route is laid through the Altai Krai, Novosibirsk, the Tomsk and Tyumen regions, and the Khanty-Mansisk and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs. The head of the expedition is Eduard Galazhinsky, Rector of TSU, chairman of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society; Terry Callaghan, Professor at the University of Sheffield, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, carries out scientific management.
The International Summer School Geology, Geography and Ecology of the Asian Highlands, with the participation of students and professors from the University of Sun Yat-sen (China), worked at Aktru until 23 July. Then, from 24 to 29 July, the participants will conduct a comprehensive expedition rafting on tributaries of the Ob River (Chuya and Katun) to monitor the state of water and sampling water, soil, and plants. The first stage of the expedition will end with a session of the TSSW with representatives of partners from Canada and Europe.
The second stage of the expedition will begin 1 August. From Tomsk will depart for Salekhard a floating research institute, which will work in the format of a strategic session. Representatives of science, the public, government, and business will discuss the transformation of the Ob Basin in the area of priority development. In addition, on the whole route the scientists of the floating research institute will continue to study the complex territory from climate to the public opinion polls.
International experts David Hik, until recently President of the International Arctic Science Committee; Kari Laine, Vice-President of the UArctic; Margaret Johansson, SCANNET / INTERACT network Secretary; and others will participate in the expedition.