March 1, 2018
Employees Union Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the MPI's Employees Union was held on February 24th to hear the report of the Union Committee and elect new Committee members. The Committee represents the interests of 147 Union members. In 2017, the Committee held two conciliation meetings to make changes into the Collective Agreement, processed 62 applications for lump-sum pecuniary aid, recreation and medical treatment compensation, maternity benefits, seniors support, monetary loans and dormitory applications as reported by its Chair, Semen Gotovtsev. Sixteen cultural and sports events and five activities for children were organized. MPI's sport teams won medals in 6 disciplines at the Spartaciad of the Yakutsk research institutes and took an overall-first place. The Annual Meeting elected 11 new members of the Committee. Igor Syromyatnikov will lead the Committee in the coming year.
February 14, 2018
Progress Report Seminar by Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics
On February 9th and 12th, the MPI's Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics held seminars to report research achievements in 2017 and to discuss plans for 2018 on Project IX.135.2.2: Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Transformation in Northern Asia and Central Asian Mountains (Project Director: Mikhail Zhelezniak, D.Sc.), one of the five federal government contracts for the years 2017-2019. Team members of Sub-Project 1, which aims to understand the development of subsurface temperature fields and permafrost in major tectonic structures of the Siberian Platform, Valery Semenov, Ivan Misailov and Anatoly Kirillin presented the results of their investigations in the Viluyi Basin, Nepa-Botuoba Uplift, Anabar-Khatanga Saddle, Anabar-Olenek Uplift and Elkon Horst. Denis Sivtsev and Maria Rozhina reported the progress in developing the geocryological database of the Verkhoyansk-Chukotka Region under Sub-Project 2. Stepan Varlamov, Principal Investigator of Sub-Project 3, and his team members told about their field observations and numerical modeling of the thermal response of upper permafrost to climate change and human impacts, with focus on the Central Yakutian permafrost region.
December 11, 2017
Fifth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists Announced
The MPI Young Researchers Council announces that the Fifth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (FYPS 2018) will be held from June 4 to 23, 2018 in Yakutsk, Russia. This event is open to young researchers under the age of 35 years, including undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Interested school children are also welcome to participate. Previous forums were hosted by MPI in 2015, 2013, 2010, and 2008.
The 2018 forum will include a geocryological conference held in Yakutsk from June 4 to 8, 2018 and field activities from June 9 to 23 in Yakutsk and in the vicinity of the village of Amga. This agricultural area in central Yakutia is presently experiencing accelerated development of thermokarst and other erosion processes. Participants will examine permafrost-related processes and associated problems for agriculture and rural infrastructure.
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January 29, 2018
PhD Degree Successfully Defended by Sergei Stepanov
Congratulations to Sergei Stepanov, Technical Assistant at MPI's Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on "Numerical Modeling of 3D Problems of Heat and Mass Transfer in Permafrost". Sergei's research supervised by Prof. Petr Vabishchevich, Nuclear Safety institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, developed shock-capturing finite-element algorithms for numerical investigation of two- and three-dimensional models of heat transfer in permafrost with phase change, as well as for numerical solution of the free convection problem. The temperature regime within the railway embankment was modeled using the observation data at test sites and heat losses from buildings on permafrost was theoretically estimated. The defense took place on January 26th at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk where Sergei holds a researcher position at the Computing Technologies Department. The full text of the dissertation is available on the NEFU website https://www.s-vfu.ru/upload/iblock/303/30383439c7b5e005130f5f331484fd02.pdf.
November 30, 2017
MPI Dissertation Council meeting
The Dissertation Council D003.025.01, now consisting of 26 members, was established at MPI in 1984 and authorized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science's Higher Attestation Committee to award degrees in geography, geology & mineralogy, and engineering (qualification standard 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering). The Council held its meeting on November 28-29, 2017 for a public defense of two dissertations. Igor Syromyatnikov and Nikolay Torgovkin from MPI successfully defended their Kandidat Nauk (PhD) dissertations titled respectively "Structure and Temperature of Permafrost Foundations in Urban Landscapes" and "Geochemical Features of Human Modified Soils in Permafrost Regions", both focusing on the city of Yakutsk.