Kunitsky


Viktor Kunitsky, D.Sc.


Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory of General Geocryology


Scopus ID: 6505875684


Tel.: 7-4112-390811
Email: kunitsky@mpi.ysn.ru


Education

  • M.S. (Physical Geography), Moscow State University, 1964
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Permafrost Institute, Yakutsk, 1987. Dissertation: The Role of Glaciers and Snowpatches in Formation of Cryolithogenic Deposits in the Lower Lena Area
  • D.Sc. (Geography), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Yakutsk, 2007. Dissertation: Nival Lithogenesis and Ice Complex in Yakutia


Research Interests

  • Regional geocryology
  • Cryolithology
  • Periglacial geomorphology
  • Permafrost-facies analysis
  • Nivation
  • Glacial processes
  • Quaternary Period in Siberia and Northeast Russia


Memberships

  • Member, Dissertation Council D 003.025.01
  • Member, MPI Scientific Council


Current Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.133.1.1, 2017-2020: Evolution of Coastal and Subsea Permafrost in the Laptev and East Siberian Seas – Block 1. Evolution of Subsea Permafrost in the Arctic Seas of East Siberia (Co-Principal Investigator)


Selected Past Projects

  • SECOND YAKUTIA EXPEDITION Project (MPI), 2017: Comprehensive Investigation and Mapping of the State of Permafrost in Yakutia for Elaborating Scientific Guidelines and Technologies for Socio-Economic Development (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII.77.2.2, 2013-2016. Mountain Glaciations and Permafrost in Continental Areas of Central and Northeastern Asia. Response of Glacial and Periglacial Formations to Recent Changes in Climate – Block 5.3. Permafrost Monitoring Borehole Network for Assessing the Response of Foundation Soils to Climate Change and Human Activities in the City of Yakutsk (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Core Project VIII.75.1.1, 2013-2016. Evolution of the Eastern Russian Arctic Coastal and Subsea Permafrost in a Changing Climate (using the new Samoylov Research Station) (Co-Investigator)
  • SB RAS Core Project VII.63.2.4, 2010-2012. The Structure and State of Permafrost in Northern Asia under a Changing Climate and Anthropogenic Impacts
  • SB RAS Core Project 7.10.2.4, 2007–2009. Ice-Rich Permafrost: Structure, Cryogenesis and Development Risks
  • SB RAS Core Project 24.4.1, 2004–2006. Processes of the Formation and Degradation of Cryolithogenic Strata


Field Work

  • 2009-present – Municipality of Yakutsk area, central Yakutia
  • 2010 August – Batagay area, Yana River basin, northeastern Yakutia
  • 2007 August – Oyogossky Yar coast, northern Yakutia
  • 2005 August-September – Lena Delta, northern Yakutia
  • 2005 April – Mamontov Klyk Cape, northwestern Yakutia, COAST Expedition
  • 2004 July-September – Yakutsk area and Lena Delta
  • 2003 July-August – Mamontov Klyk Cape
  • 2002 September – New Siberian Islands, northern Yakutia
  • 2001 July-September – Porkrovsk and Yakutsk areas
  • 2000 August-September – Chekanovsky Ridge and Olenek Distributary Channel of the Lena River
  • 1999 August-September – Big Lyakhovsky Island, northern Yakutia
  • 1998 July-September – Bykovsky Peninsula, Muostakh Island and Stolbovoy Island, northern Yakutia
  • 1997 August-September – Big Lyakhovsky Island and Laptev Sea coastal area near Tiksi
  • 1996 August-September – Muostakh Island and Laptev Sea coastal area near Tiksi
  • 1995 August – Bykovsky Peninsula and Lena River
  • 1995 June – Berkakit-Yakutsk railroad corridor, central Yakutia
  • 1994 July-August – Kolyma River and Big Lyakhovsky Island
  • 1993 July-September – New Siberian Islands
  • 1992 July-August – Bykovsky Peninsula, Dashka Island and Lower Lena area
  • 1991 August – Kolyma River and Lena River
  • 1991 July-August – Lena-Amga watershed, central Yakutia
  • 1990 June-August – Lena River basin, central Yakutia
  • 1987-1989 May-September – Batagay area, Yana River basin
  • 1983 July-September – Lena Delta
  • 1983 April-June – Bykovsky Peninsula, Laptev Sea coastal area
  • 1982 July-September – Lena Delta
  • 1982 April-June – Muostakh Island, Laptev Sea
  • 1981 July – 1982 January – Lena Delta and Tiksi area
  • 1980 June-September – Omoloy River basin, northeastern Yakutia
  • 1979 March-May – Anabar River basin, northwestern Yakutia
  • 1979 November-December – Anabar River basin, northwestern Yakutia
  • 1977 April-October – Taas-Tumus to Yakutsk gas pipeline corridor, central Yakutia
  • 1976 June-September – Lena River basin (Yakutsk-Pokrovsk-Olekminsk-Lensk-Vitim transect), central and southern Yakutia
  • 1973 July-October – Batagay area in the Yana River basin and Tiksi area in the Khorogor River basin
  • 1971 April-October – Taas-Tumus to Yakutsk gas pipeline corridor
  • 1969 July-October – Baikal-Amur Railroad corridor, Irkutsk Region
  • 1968 March-October – Anabar River basin, northwestern Yakutia
  • 1967 March-September – Anabar River basin
  • 1966 April-September – Anabar River basin
  • 1965 June-October – Lena River basin, central Yakutia
  • 1965 April-May – Anabar River basin
  • 1964 September-November – Dudinka to Norilsk gas pipeline corridor, Lower Yenisey River, West Siberia


Teaching and Mentoring Activities

  • North-Eastern Federal University - research advisor and examination committee member for graduate degrees
  • MPI Post Graduate School – research supervisor (Igor Syromyatnikov, 2000-2003; Valentina Kovaleva, 2004-2007, Anna Urban, 2008-2012)


Selected Publications

  • Сыромятников И.И., Куницкий В.В. Строение озерных отложений культурного слоя на территории города Якутска. Криосфера Земли, 2019, Том XXIII, №4, с. 16-25. DOI: 10.21782/KZ1560-7496-2019-4(16-25)
  • Fedorov A.N., Vasilyev N.F., Torgovkin Y.I., Shestakova A.A., Varlamov S.P., Zheleznyak M.N., Shepelev V.V., Konstantinov P.Y., Kalinicheva S.S., Basharin N.I., Makarov V.S., Ugarov I.S., Efremov P.V., Argunov R.N., Egorova L.S., Samsonova V.V., Shepelev A.G., Vasiliev A.I., Ivanova R.N., Galanin A.A., Lytkin V.M., Kuzmin G.P. and Kunitsky V.V. (2018). Permafrost-Landscape Map of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on a Scale 1:1,500,000. Geosciences 8(12), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8120465.
  • Saito, H., Iijima, Y., Basharin, N. I., Fedorov, A. N. and Kunitsky, V. V. (2018). Thermokarst development detected from high-definition topographic data in Central Yakutia. Remote Sensing, 10(10). doi: 10.3390/rs10101579.
  • Schirrmeister L., Siegert C., Grosse G., Meyer H., Grigoriev M.N., Kunitsky V.V. (2018). Geocryological and paleoenvironmental studies on the coasts of the Laptev Sea. In: 20 Years of Terrestrial Research in the Siberian Arctic. The History of the LENA Expeditions (eds. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, Dmitry Yu. Bolshiyanov, Mikhail N. Grigoriev, Guido Grosse, Anne Morgenstern, Eva-Maria Pfeiffer, Volker Rachold, Lutz Schirrmeister). Bremerhaven: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, pp. 86-89.
  • Schirrmeister L., Grosse G., Kunitsky V.V., Siegert C., Meyer H. (2018). Bykovsky Peninsula: The first land expedition with a focus on paleoclimate. In: 20 Years of Terrestrial Research in the Siberian Arctic. The History of the LENA Expeditions (eds. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, Dmitry Yu. Bolshiyanov, Mikhail N. Grigoriev, Guido Grosse, Anne Morgenstern, Eva-Maria Pfeiffer, Volker Rachold, Lutz Schirrmeister). Bremerhaven: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, pp. 48-51.
  • Schirrmeister L., Siegert C., Grosse G., Meyer H., Grigoriev M.N., Kunitsky V.V. (2018). Geocryological and paleoenvironmental studies on the coasts of the Laptev Sea. In: 20 Years of Terrestrial Research in the Siberian Arctic. The History of the LENA Expeditions (eds. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, Dmitry Yu. Bolshiyanov, Mikhail N. Grigoriev, Guido Grosse, Anne Morgenstern, Eva-Maria Pfeiffer, Volker Rachold, Lutz Schirrmeister). Bremerhaven: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, pp. 86-89.
  • Strauss J., Schirrmeister L., Zubrzycki S., Kholodov A.L., Grigoriev M.N., Kunitsky V.V., Fuchs M., Pfeiffer E.-M., Grosse G.(2018). Organic matter matters – Quantifying the amount of carbon in northern Siberia. In: 20 Years of Terrestrial Research in the Siberian Arctic. The History of the LENA Expeditions (eds. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, Dmitry Yu. Bolshiyanov, Mikhail N. Grigoriev, Guido Grosse, Anne Morgenstern, Eva-Maria Pfeiffer, Volker Rachold, Lutz Schirrmeister). Bremerhaven: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, , pp. 117-119.
  • Syromyatnikov I.I., Kunitsky V.V. (2017). Structure and temperature regime of the bottom variety of the cultural layer in the city of Yakutsk. Book of Abstracts, XI International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering. Magadan, Russia, 5-8 September 2017 (ed. R.V. Zhang). Yakutsk: Melnikov Permafrost Institute SB RAS Press, p. 140.
  • Куницкий В. В., Сыромятников И. И. Отклик теплового состояния мерзлых грунтов на глобальное изменение климата. // Прикладные экологические проблемы г. Якутска: сборник научных трудов. – Новосибирск: Наука. 2017. – С. 84-93.
  • Сыромятников И. И., Федоров А. Н., Куницкий В. В., Дорофеев И. В. Многолетнемерзлые породы на территории г. Якутска. // Прикладные экологические проблемы г. Якутска: сборник научных трудов. – Новосибирск: Наука. 2017. – С. 24-32.
  • Kunitskiy V. (2016). Ice complex and Yedoma in Yakutia. In: Günther, F. and Morgenstern, A. (Eds.). XI. International Conference on Permafrost – Book of Abstracts, 20 – 24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany. Bibliothek Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, doi:10.2312/GFZ.LIS.2016.001, p. 586-587.
  • Strauss J., Fedorov A. N., Fortier D., Froese D., Fuchs M., Grosse G., Günther F., Harden J., Hugelius G., Kanevskiy M., Kholodov A., Kunitskiy V., Kraev G., Laboor S., Lapointe-Elmrabti L., Lozhkin A., Rivkina E., Robinson J.,. Schirrmeister L, Shmelev D., Shur Y., Siegert C., Spektor V., Ulrich M., Vartanyan S., Veremeeva A., Walter Anthony K., Zimov S.A. (2016). Ice-Rich Yedoma Permafrost: A Synthesis of Northern Hemisphere Distribution and Thickness (IPA Action Group). In: Günther, F. and Morgenstern, A. (Eds.). XI. International Conference on Permafrost – Book of Abstracts, 20 – 24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany. Bibliothek Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, doi:10.2312/GFZ.LIS.2016.001, p. 601-603.
  • Strauss, J., Fedorov, A. N., Fortier, D., Froese, D., Fuchs, M., Grosse, G., Günther, F., Harden, J., Hugelius, G., Kanevskiy, M., Kholodov, A. L., Kunitsky, V. V., Laboor, S., Lapointe-Elmrabti , L., Rivkina, E., Robinson, J., Schirrmeister, L., Shmelev, D., Shur, Y., Spektor, V. V., Ulrich, M., Veremeeva, A., Walter Anthony, K. M., Zimov, S. (2016). Ice-rich yedoma permafrost: circum-arctic distribution and thickness synthesis. In: Annual Meeting of the "Working Group Permafrost", German Society for Polar Research, Hamburg, Germany, 22 January 2016 - 24 January 2016 .hdl:10013/epic.46778.
  • Syromyatnikov I.I., Kunitskiy V. (2016). A study of the bottom variety of the cultural layer in urban landscapes of Yakutsk. In: Günther, F. and Morgenstern, A. (Eds.). XI. International Conference on Permafrost – Book of Abstracts, 20 – 24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany. Bibliothek Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, doi:10.2312/GFZ.LIS.2016.001, p. 1217-1218.
  • Andreev, AA; Grosse, G; Schirrmeister, L; Kuzmina, SA; Novenko, EY; Kuznetsova, TV; Bobrov, AA; Kunitsky, VV; Krbetschek, M; Meyer, H. Paleoenvironment in the Laptev Sea region during the Quaternary inferred from Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island (Arctic Siberia) paleoenvironmental records: Part 1. Pre-Eemian Glacia (s) and Eemian Interglacial, Boreas, 2015, Wiley.
  • Günther, Frank; Grosse, Guido; Wetterich, Sebastian; Jones, Benjamin M; Kunitsky, Viktor V; Kienast, Frank; Schirrmeister, Lutz. The Batagay mega thaw slump, Yana Uplands, Yakutia, Russia: permafrost thaw dynamics on decadal time scale, 2015, TERRA NOSTRA-Schriften der GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung.
  • Куницкий, В. В. Современные формы термоденудации на Янском плоскогорье // Наука и техника в Якутии, 2 (29), 17-22, 2015.
  • Strauss J., Schirrmeister L., Wetterich S., Kunitsky V. (2014). Yedoma - loess or not loess - that's the question. In: Gonçalo Vieira, Pedro Pina, Carla Mora and Antonio Correia (eds.). Book of Abstracts, EUCOP4 - 4th European Conference on Permafrost, 18-21 June 2014, Evora, Portugal: 304.
  • Куницкий В.В., Сыромятников И.И., Ширрмейстер Л., Скачков Ю.Б., Гроссе Г., Веттерих С., Григорьев М.Н. Льдистые породы и термоденудация в районе поселка Батагай (Янское плоскогорье, Восточная Сибирь) // Криосфера Земли, Т. XVII, № 1, 2013. - С. 56-68.
  • Шепелев В.В., Куницкий В.В., Макаров В.Н., Павлова Н.А., Константинов П.Я. Геокриологические, гидрогеологические и геоэкологические проблемы развития г. Якутска. - Материалы Научно-практической конференции «Научные и инновационные основы стратегии социально-экономического развития городского округа «город Якутск» на период до 2030 года» 19-20 декабря 2012 г., Якутск: КнигоГрад, 2013. С. 48-55.
  • C. Siegert, H.-W. Hubberten, L. Schirrmeister, S. Wetterich, P.P. Overduin, J. Boike, M.N. Grigoriev, V.V. Kunitsky, N.N. Romanovskii, V.E. Tumskoy, D.Yu. Bolshiyanov, G. Fedorov (2012). Joint Russian-German Research on Terrestrial and Subsea Permafrost in Siberia - Results, Potentials and Perspectives. In: Tenth International Conference on Permafrost: Resources and Risks of Permafrost Areas in a Changing World. Vol. 4: Extended Abstracts. Fort Dialog-Iset, Ekaterinburg, pp. 549-550.
  • Kienast F., Wetterich S., Kuzmina S., Schirrmeister L., Andreev A.A., Tarasov P., Nazarova L., Kossler A., Frolova L., Kunitsky V.V. (2011): Paleontological records indicate the occurrence of open woodlands in a dry inland climate at present-day Arctic coast in western Beringia during the Last Interglacial. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS  Volume: 30   Issue: 17-18   Special Issue: SI   Pages: 2134-2159   DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.11.024   
  • Schirrmeister L., Grosse G., Schnelle M., Fuchs M., Krbetschek M., Ulrich M., Kunitsky V., Grigoriev M., Andreev A., Kienast F., Meyer H., Babiy O., Klimova I., Bobrov A., Wetterich S., Schwamborn G. (2011): Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental records from the western Lena Delta, Arctic Siberia. PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY  Volume: 299   Issue: 1-2   Pages: 175-196   DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.10.045   
  • Schirrmeister L., Kunitsky V., Grosse G., Wetterich S., Meyer H., Schwamborn, G., Derevyagin, A., Siegert, C. (2011): Sedimentary characteristics and origin of the Late Pleistocene Ice Complex on north-east Siberian Arctic coastal lowlands and islands – A review. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL  Volume: 241   Pages: 3-25   DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.04.004   
  • Winterfeld M., Schirrmeister L., Grigoriev M.N., Kunitsky V. V., Andreev A., Overduin, P.P. (2011): Coastal permafrost landscape development since the Late Pleistocene in the western Laptev Sea, Siberia. BOREAS  Volume: 40   Issue: 4   Pages: 697-713   DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2011.00203.x   
  • Schirrmeister, L., Grosse, G., Kunitsky, V.V., Fuchs, M.C., Krbetschek, M., Andreev, A. A., Herzschuh, U., Babiy, O., Siegert, C., Meyer, H, Derevyagin, A.Y., Wetterich, S. (2010): The mystery of Bunge Land (New Siberian Archipelago): implications for its formation based on palaeoenvironmental records, geomorphology, and remote sensing. Quaternary Science Reviews. Volume: 29   Issue: 25-26   Special Issue: SI   Pages: 3598-3614   DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.11.017   
  • Andreev, A.A., Grosse, G., Schirrmeister, L., Kuznetsova, T.V., Kuzmina, S.A., Bobrov, A.A., Tarasov, P.E., Novenko, E.Y., Meyer, H., Derevyagin, A.Y., Kienast, F., Bryantseva, A., Kunitsky, V.V. (2009): Weichselian and Holocene palaeoenvironmental history of the Bol’shoy Lyakhovsky Island, New Siberian Archipelago, Arctic Siberia., Boreas 38 (1), 72–110. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3885.2008.00039.x
  • Wetterich, S., Schirrmeister, L., Andreev, A.A., Pudenz, M., Plessen, B., Meyer, H., Kunitsky, V.V. (2009): Eemian and Late Glacial/Holocene palaeoenvironmental records from permafrost sequences at the Dmitry Laptev Strait (NE Siberia, Russia)., Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 279 (1-2), 73-95. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.05.002
  • Schirrmeister, L., G. Grosse, V. Kunitsky, D. Magens, H. Meyer, A. Dereviagin, T. Kuznetsova, A. Andreev, O. Babiy, F. Kienast, M. Grigoriev, P. P. Overduin & F. Preusser (2008) Periglacial landscape evolution and environmental changes of Arctic lowland areas for the last 60 000 years (western Laptev Sea coast, Cape Mamontov Klyk). Polar Research, 27, 249-272.
  • Schirrmeister L., H. Meyer, S. Wetterich, C. Siegert, V.V. Kunitsky, G. Grosse, T.V. Kuznetsova, and A.Y. Derevyagin (2008). The Yedoma Suite of the Northeastern Siberian Shelf Region: Characteristics and Concept of Formation. In: Kane, D.L. & Hinkel, K.M. (eds). Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, Volume 2. Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, pp. 1595-1600.
  • Grosse, G., L. Schirrmeister, C. Siegert, V. V. Kunitsky, E. A. Slagoda, A. A. Andreev & A. Y. Dereviagyn (2007) Geological and geomorphological evolution of a sedimentary periglacial landscape in Northeast Siberia during the Late Quaternary. Geomorphology, 86, 25-51.
  • Grosse, G., L. Schirrmeister, V. V. Kunitsky & H. W. Hubberten (2005). The use of CORONA images in remote sensing of periglacial geomorphology: An illustration from the NE Siberian Coast. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 16, 163-172.
  • Andreev, A. A., G. Grosse, L. Schirrmeister, S. A. Kuzmina, E. Y. Novenko, A. A. Bobrov, P. E. Tarasov, B. P. Ilyashuk, T. V. Kuznetsova, M. Krbetschek, H. Meyer & V. V. Kunitsky (2004). Late Saalian and Eemian palaeoenvironmental history of the Bol'shoy Lyakhovsky Island (Laptev Sea Region, Arctic Siberia). Boreas, 33, 319-348.
  • Kunitsky, V.V. (1989). Cryolithology of the Lower Lena Area. Yakutsk: Melnikov Institute Press, 163 pp. [in Russian].