3 August 2021
Mikhail Zhelezniak Wins Election for MPI Director
On 2 August 2021, an MPI general meeting was held to elect its director for the next five years. Three candidates, incumbent Director Mikhail Zhelezniak, MPI Deputy Director Alexander Fedorov, and Valentin Spektor, outlined their programs for 189 staff members present at the meeting in person or online. This was followed with a Q&A discussion and a ballot. Dr. Zhelezniak won the election with 153 votes. Alexander Fedorov received 25 votes and Valentin Spektor received 8 votes. The election results are now to be formally recognized by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
15 July 2021
Sixth FYPS Completed Successfully
For the sixth time, MPI hosted the Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (FYPS) which was first held in 2008 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Academician Pavel Melnikov, the founder of Siberian geocryology, first president of the International Permafrost Association and first director of MPI. The Forum was then held in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2018 attended by young researchers from across Russia and abroad (CIS, USA, China, Japan, and France). The FYPS–2021 included a four-day conference from 29 June to 2 July with online and offline presentations by early career scientists from research institutes and universities of Yakutsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Tyumen, Sheffield and Potsdam. The conference was followed by a field trip to periglacial sand dunes in the Vilyui River basin with lectures on cryostratigraphy, periglacial landscapes, and groundwater, river and lake systems in permafrost terrain.
10 May 2021
Congratulations to RGS 2021 Grant Award Winners
Three MPI teams have been awarded the Russian Geographical Society 2021 Grants. The project “Atlas of Taryns (Gigantic Icings) in Northeast Russia” led by Dr. Vladimir Alekseev will summarize the existing knowledge and collect new information on gigantic icings, a unique phenomenon of the coldest remote regions of Russia. It will examine the geographical distribution of icings, their seasonal and long-term dynamics, as well as their role in landscape development and human activities. Icing volumes and associated hazards will be assessed. The project, titled "Tukulans: Fossil Relicts of the Ice-Age Deserts in East Siberia" (PI: Dr. Alexey Galanin), will involve investigations on geography, landscape, geology and biodiversity of dune fields in the basins of the middle Lena, middle Vilyui, Tyung, Linda and Chara. The project’s expected outcome is an illustrated book for general public. The purpose of the project led by Olga Makarieva, PhD, is to compile a water resources atlas of Magadan Province, summarizing recent data on the water balance and hydrological regime of the region, as well as to predict future changes in hydrological characteristics based on mathematical modeling and climate warming scenarios.
A tukulan along the middle Lena River.
4 June 2021
On 7 June 2021, a seminar of the MPI Laboratory of Engineering Geocryology will be held to report recent results of geophysical investigations of permafrost.
Reports will be presented by:
1. Vladimir Efremov, D.Sc.: Radioimpedance and Radiomagnetotelluric Sounding of Frozen Ground.
2. Kirill Bazhin: Application of Electrical Resistivity Tomography at MPI Research and Monitoring Sites.
The seminar will be held over Zoom.
Time: 7 June 2021, 14:30 Yakutsk time
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86124826215?pwd=RGJuSFM5ZXVxVmo4MjRUMjQvaUZLUT09
Meeting ID: 861 2482 6215
Access code: 12345678
Vladimir Efremov, D.Sc.
27 April 2021
On 28 April 2021, a seminar of the MPI Laboratory of Engineering Geocryology will be held for preliminary discussion of a PhD dissertation by Ivan Vakhrin titled “A Method for Determining Physical Characteristics of Soils in Homogeneous Mass Based on Thaw Consolidation Behavior”. This study is supervised by Georgy P. Kuzmin, D.Sc., and is scheduled for public defense later this year. The seminar will be held over Zoom.
Time: 28 April 2021, 14:30 Yakutsk time
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89684718966?pwd=cytTcmFaa2NqMURZUVM1Yi85V1FWQT09
Meeting ID: 896 8471 8966
Access code: 12345678