Two TSU scientific stations Kaybasovo and Khanymey received the status of “station of the month” in the INTERACT II - international project of ground research and monitoring in the Arctic. The transnational access program unites 86 field bases in Northern Europe, Russia, USA, Canada, Greenland, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands. According to the results of March, TSU scientific stations, where Russian and international specialists conduct their research, were recognized as the best.
- The evaluation of the stations, which is monthly given by INTERACT, is made up of various indicators, explains Olga Shaduyko, director of the TSU Center for International Scientific Collaboration. - The number of projects and the level of articles published as a result of research conducted at these stations, the availability of infrastructure, and data collected in this area are taken into account. I think that the relevance of the projects being implemented is also important. Khanymey serves as a base for studying the melting of permafrost in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. Carbon cycle studies, which help to obtain new data on the formation and emission of greenhouse gases, are being conducted in Kaybasovo and Khanymey.
In 2019, several international scientific groups will work at TSU stations as part of the INTERACT II program. In particular, a research team from the Woods Hole Research Center (USA) is scheduled in Kaybasovo. In Siberia, the team is planning to reconstruct fires in boreal forests through dendrochronology, to obtain new data on changes in the past, in order to more accurately predict such transformations.
Here, in Kaybasovo, employees of the Department of Water Resources of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences will conduct research. Employees of several international scientific centers are planning to work at Khanymey station, located in the Arctic Region of the Russian Federation and at the TSU mountain base Aktru in the Altai Mountains.
- The bases that are part of the SecNet network, in particular, the international field station Mukhrino,Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Region, will be involved in the implementation of INTERACT projects, says Olga Shaduyko. - The network, created under the TSU auspices, is one of the central segments of the StrAU TSSW Siberian Institute of the Future and is engaged in the study of climate change in the macroregion. This is of great importance for the entire planet because Siberia plays a significant role in shaping the Earth’s climate.