June 22, 2017
New Studies on Thermokarst
Thermokarst and associated landforms have always been the subject of intensive research at MPI. Early studies of thermokarst terrain in central and northern Yakutia by Evgeny Katasonov, Felix Are and Petr Solovyev provided a valuable basis for further studies which are continued today by the MPI’s Laboratory of Permafrost Landscapes in cooperation with colleagues in Germany, France, Japan and the USA. With global climate change, it becomes increasingly important to understand the evolution of permafrost landscapes and its socio-economic effects.
A recent article in the journal Anthropocene titled "Permafrost livelihoods: A transdisciplinary review and analysis of thermokarst-based systems of indigenous land use" by Susan Crate, Mathias Ulrich, J. Otto Habeck, Aleksey R. Desyatkin, Roman V. Desyatkin, Aleksander N. Fedorov, Tetsuya Hiyama and Yoshihiro Iijima focuses on Sakha (Yakut) animal husbandry as an example of indigenous land use. The article is a result of the joint activity of the IPA Action Group "Permafrost and Culture". It is freely available following this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213305416301060.
Joint studies are now being planned in cooperation with the University of Southhampton, UK. Prof. Mary Edwards visited MPI from June 11-16, 2017 to discuss plans for thermokarst investigations using remote sensing and modeling. The themes will be landscape resilience and community response to increasing thermokarst. Photo (top): Prof. M. Edwards observing a thaw lake near Yakutsk.
May 22, 2017
Museum Open Day
The Melnikov Permafrost Institute celebrated International Museum Day by inviting visitors to its Museum of the History of Permafrost Studies. During the whole day of May 19, 2017 guided tours were offered at the top of every hour. In total, the museum welcomed 40 visitors, including 26 junior and high school students.
The Museum has an objective to promote public understanding and appreciation of permafrost studies for the social, economic and cultural development of northern regions. The history of man-permafrost relationship, including the results of work of Russian permafrost scientists, is an important part of cultural heritage. With its education and information mission, the Museum seeks to spread knowledge of the permafrost, to promote interdisciplinary approaches, and to spark an interest in science and research in young people.
March 3, 2017
Upcoming Deadlines – Workshops on Cold Regions Hydrology
In summer 2017, the Melnikov Permafrost Institute will host two events on cold regions hydrology:
(1) Joint UK- Russian Workshop
'Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water and Groundwater Hydrology in Cold Regions'
May 28 – June 1, 2017, Yakutsk, Russia
The Workshop will offer:
- lectures from leading researchers
- presentations of young participants
- development of joint Russian-UK future research projects
- discussion of local stakeholders needs for research
- field trip and local excursion
Fully funded places for early career researchers based in UK and Russia (travel, accommodation and meals). Applications open now to early career researchers.
Application Deadline: March 26, 2017
Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/view/cold-regions-hydrology
(2) 21st Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop
'Cold-Region Hydrology in Non-Stationary World'
Yakutsk, Russia, August 6-12, 2017
The workshop program will include scientific sessions, field trip to research sites, local excursions and the Lena River cruise.
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017
Workshop website: http://nrb2017.ru/
April 10, 2017
International Research Center for Cold Regions Environment and Engineering Officially Opened in Lanzhou
The International Research Center for Asian Cold Regions Environment and Engineering was officially opened in Lanzhou, China on April 3, 2017. The center is a joint initiative between the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIER) and the Melnikov Permafrost Institute (MPI) that aims to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration in geocryology, environmental research, material science and engineering. It will bring together the capabilities and expertise of the partner institutions to address challenges facing cold regions development in Asia. Its first projects will include impact assessment of changing permafrost in China, Russia and Mongolia on major engineered infrastructures, training programs for doctoral students at SKLFSE, and joint fieldtrips in Siberia and interior Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The partners are also to discuss mapping criteria to be used as guidelines for a future Asian permafrost mapping program.
The opening ceremony at NIER was attended by a delegation from Yakutsk, including Dr. Mikhail Lebedev, Chair of the RAS Yakutian Scientific Center, Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak, MPI Director, Dr. Grigorii Savvinov, Director of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, North-Eastern Federal University, Dr. Valentin Spektor, Head of the Laboratory of General Geocryology at MPI and Ms. Lilia Prokopieva, International Relations Manager, MPI. The delegation also visited the School of Civil Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) to discuss opportunities for establishing a research center based at HIT focusing on cold regions engineering. Photo: Co-Directors of IRC-ACEE Wu Qingbai, SLKFSE and Mikhail Zhelezniak, MPI.
February 14, 2017
Science Week in Yakutsk
Research institutes in Yakutsk celebrated National Science Day annually held in Russia on February 8 with a week of events to demonstrate their achievements and share their enthusiasm for research with audiences of all ages. The week from February 6 to 12, 2017 featured public lectures, exhibitions, science shows, and visits to the laboratories, libraries and museums. A prominent science popularizer, the Nauka i Tekhnika v Yakutii Magazine celebrated its 15th anniversary on February 9 at MPI. Since its establishment in 2001, this popular science magazine dedicated to Yakutian science and technology has published 30 issues rich in content and colorful in design with more than 1000 scientific research articles, reports on technological developments in Yakutia, expedition news, and discussions. National Science Day is a good occasion to honor researchers who excel in different fields of science. This year was no exception with awards presented to scientists who have significantly contributed to the advance of knowledge in their respective fields, among whom were MPI researchers Alexander Fedorov (RAS Siberian Branch Certificate of Honor), Yaroslav Torgovkin (Yakutia Governor's Letter of Appreciation) and Ivan Khristoforov (Larionov Prize of Sakha/Yakutia Government).