Aldar Gorbunov, D.Sc., Prof.

Principal Research Scientist, Kazakhstan Alpine Permafrost Laboratory


Tel.: 8 7272 71 32 63

Email: aldar.gorbunov@mai.ru 


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Educational Background

  • M.S. (Geography), Alma-Ata State Pedagogical Institute, 1950
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Institute of Geography USSR AS, 1954. Dissertation: Sketches on the History of Physico-geographical Studies in Kazakhstan (the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries)
  • D.Sc. (Geography), Moscow State University, 1974. Dissertation: The Permafrost Belt of the Tian Shan


Research Interests

  • Geocryology and periglacial geomorphology of mountain regions
  • Toponymy and history of geographical investigations in Central Asia 

Field Work

Field investigations of the environmental conditions, permafrost structure and periglacial landforms in:

  • Tian Shan and Pamir Alai, 1956 to present
  • Kazakhstan Altay, 1998-2006
  • Argentinian Andes, 1991
  • Swiss Alps, 1990
  • Mongolia (Khangai Mountains, Darkhad and Khovsogol Depressions), 1986-1987
  • Kola Peninsula, 1985
  • Transbaikal Mountains, Chara River Basin, 1982-1983
  • Dzungarian Alatau, 1975-1978
  • Lower Yenisey, Ledyanaya Gora site, 1977
  • Caucasus Mountains, 1974


Teaching Involvement

Dr. Gorbunov has fifty two years’ teaching experience. He is presently an associate professor at the Kazakhstan State Pedagogical Institute and a professor at the Turan Institute. Five Ph.D. students have successfully completed their degrees under his supervision.