International scientists will study the climate of Siberia

Researchers from major Russian and international research centres gathered at TSU for a meeting devoted to the problems of climate change. During the meeting, scientists shared the results of their research and discussed the mechanisms of interacting in SecNET, the international network created to study Siberia under the auspices of TSU’s TSSW: Siberian Institute of the Future.

The processes occurring in the environment of the region are affecting the climate of the planet, so the interest in Siberia by Russian and international specialists is growing every day. Scientists from the UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, and different regions of Russia - Moscow, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Altai Krai, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), and Tyumen Region came to TSU to participate in the meeting.

The seminar “Siberia in the Global Context: the Impact of Climate Change on the Arctic Siberia” was held under the supervision of Terry Callaghan, professor at TSU and the University of Sheffield, who has been working in Arctic ecology for over 40 years. The seminar discussed the key factors and drivers of climate change that are particularly evident in Siberia.

- Siberia is large and it is impossible to explore the Arctic without considering it, - said Terry Callaghan. - The reasons for the changes we are observing in the environment are specific to each area. We need an extensive network and the work of a large scientific community in order to understand what is happening in Siberia and the Arctic. Therefore the SecNET network was established under the auspices of TSU, the resources of which we can use. Special attention should be paid to the effects of climate change on society and the environment.

In the very near future, scientists will develop a roadmap for joint research and visit one of TSU’s research stations, Kaybasovo, located in the floodplain of the Ob River. It is particularly interesting for international scientists, because it allows us to study not only biogeochemical processes but also the features of the formation of forests, the impact of the river on the territory, and many other aspects related to climate change.

Aktru, Kaybasovo, and Khanumey, three research stations of TSU equipped with the latest technology, have joined INTERACT, an international network of research and monitoring in the Arctic. Thanks to a grant from the European Union programme Horizon 2020, they are now available to scientists from around the world.