Viktor Shepelev

Viktor Shepelev, D.Sc., Prof.

Principal Research Scientist,

Laboratory of Permafrost Groundwater and Geochemistry

Наука и техника в Якутии [Science and Technology in Yakutia]

Tel.: (4112) 334-856



  • M.S. (Engineering Hydrogeology), Novocherkassk Polytechnic Institute, 1965
  • Ph.D. (Geology & Mineralogy), Leningrad Mining Institute, 1973. Dissertation: Formation and Regime of Icings in Eastern Yakutia
  • D.Sc. (Geology & Mineralogy), Institute of the Earth Crust SB RAS, 1994. Dissertation: General Patterns of the Formation, Distribution and Regime of Suprapermafrost Water in the Cryolithosphere

Research Interests

  • Geocryology
  • Permafrost hydrogeology and environmental geoscience
  • Frost-related processes and features


  • Full Member, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Academy of Sciences
  • Corresponding Member, Russian Engineering Academy
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Council, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Council, Lena Basin Water Management Office, Federal Agency of Water Resources
  • Member, Mayor of Yakutsk Advisory Council on Research and Technology
  • Deputy Chair, Public Ecological Council, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Member, Russian Union of Hydrogeologists
  • Member, SB RAS Yakutian Scientific Center Presidium
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Dissertation Council D.003.025.01
  • Member, Scientific Council, Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Editorial Board Member, Nauka i Obrazovanie Journal

Field Work

Dr. Shepelev participated in a large number of interdisciplinary regional and monitoring programs, involving extensive field work in Khabarovsk Region (1963-1964), north-eastern Yakutia (1966-1969), western Yakutia (1973-1975), southern Yakutia (1975-1977), Magadan Province (1977), and central Yakutia (1977-1996).

Teaching Involvement

Dr. Shepelev was an Associate Professor (1978-1983), Head of Department (1983-1991) and Professor (1991-2006) in the Department of Geocryology at the YakutskStateUniversity (now the North-EasternFederalUniversity). From 2006 to present, he has served as a M.S. research advisor and an examination committee member in the Faculty of Mining Geology. He also supervises Ph.D. students.

Current Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.127.2.3, 2017-2020: Integrated Studies to Understand the Dynamics of Natural and Human-Affected Landscapes in the East Siberian permafrost region (Project Co-Director). Block 2. Understanding the Interaction between Surface and Ground Water in the Formation and Dynamics of Permafrost Landscapes (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 17-05-00926, 2017–2019: Water-bearing Taliks in Continuous Permafrost under Changing Climate, Central Yakutia: Distribution, Hydrogeological Regime and Contribution to Streamflow Generation (Principal Investigator: Viktor Shepelev, D.Sc.)
  • RFBR Project 18-45-140065, 2018-2019: Evaluation of Groundwater Discharge to the Lena River Using Tritium and Hydrological Modeling (Principal Investigator: Viktor Shepelev, D.Sc.)

Selected Past Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII.69.2.3, 2013-2016. Multidisciplinary Research on Late Pleistocene and Holocene Evolution of Permafrost Landscapes in East Siberia – Block 2. Understanding the Role of Hydrogeological Factors in the Formation and Dynamics of Permafrost Landscapes (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VII.63.2.5, 2010-2012. Geocryological Hazards in the Russian North-East: Landscape and Hydrogeological Relationships (Project Director)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles and Conference Papers

  • 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;
  • Tregubov O., Gartsman B., Glotov V., Lebedeva L., Nuteveket M., Tarbeeva A., Ushakov M., Uyagansky K., Shepelev V. (2019). Seasonal ice of the active layer and stability of ecosystems of the cryolithozone in the conditions of climate fluctuations: the direction of research. In: Solving the Puzzles from Cryosphere, Int. Conf., Pushchino, Russia, April 15-18, 2019, Program and Abstracts, p. 114-115.
  • Shepelev V. V. (2017). On the method for estimating seasonal spring discharge in permafrost regions. 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. 121.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2017). Characteristic features of the water exchange function of permafrost. Cold-Region Hydrology in a Non-Stationary World, Proceedings of 21st Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop. August 6–12, 2017, Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk: Melnikov Permafrost Institute Publ., pp. 123-128.
  • Pavlova N. A., Kolesnikov A. B., Efremov V. S., Shepelev V. V. (2016). Groundwater chemistry in intrapermafrost taliks in Central Yakutia. Water Resources 43(2), 353-363.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Analysis and calculation of cold and frozen layer in vadose zone moisture migration (寒区冻结层上包气带水分运移分析与计算). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(6): 21-26.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Analysis of ice fountain of alpine region (高寒区冰泉水探析). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(10): 18–23. DOI 10.3969/j.issn.1002-3305.2016.10.006.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Analysis of vadose zone boundary characteristics in frozen layer. Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(5): 17-21.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Division of frozen layer groundwater types in cold region (寒区冻结层上地下水类型的划分). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(2): 7-15.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Hydrogeochemical characteristic on the frozen groundwater (冻结层上水的水文地球化学特征). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(9): 20–27. DOI 10.3969/j.issn.1002-3305.2016.09.005.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Mechanism analysis of frozen springs and ice mound formation in cold region (寒区冻泉与冰丘形成机理分析). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(4): 24-27.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Movement characteristics of different types of frozen ground water (不同类型冻结层上水运动特征). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(7): 18-24.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Movement characteristics of frozen ground water of permafrost region of Russia (俄罗斯永冻区冻结层上水动态特征). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(8): 22-29.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Northern Eurasian groundwater in the upper frozen layer distribution rules (亚欧大陆北部冻结层上地下水分布规律). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(3): 19-26.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Practical drainage measures in the suprapermafrost water in the cryolithozone (冻结层上水地区实用排水措施). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(12): 22–26. DOI 10.3969/j.issn.1002-3305.2016.12.005.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Research in the relationship between freezing rock layers and groundwater in cold regions (寒区冻结岩层与地下水关系研究). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(1): 10-18.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). The influence of human activities of the suprapermafrost water in the cryolithozone (人类活动对冻结层上水的影响). Heilongjiang Water Resources, 2(11): 33–41. DOI 10.3969/j.issn.1002-3305.2016.11.007.
  • Shepelev V. V., Gotovtsev S. P. (2014). Disposal of drainage water in permafrost a case study. Journal of Engineering of Heilongjiang University, 5(3): 238-241.
  • Shesternev D. M., Zhang R. V., Kuzmin G. P., Shepelev V. V., Pavlova N. A., Popenko F. E. (2014). Industrial and residential construction on hydraulic fill in permafrost regions; problems and prospects. Journal of Engineering of Heilongjiang University, 5(3): 100-109.
  • Hiyama T., Asai K., Kolesnikov A.B., Gagarin L.A., Shepelev V.V. (2013). Estimation of the residence time of permafrost groundwater in the middle of the Lena River basin, eastern Siberia. Environmental Research Letters. 8(3). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035040.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2009). Engineering Measures of Protect the City of Yakutsk from Suprapermafrost Water Impoundment. Eighth International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering Xi’an, China, October 14-17, 2009: 127-129.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2009). Suprapermafrost waters of the cryolithosphere and their classification. Geography and Natural Resources. Published by Elsevier, 30: 151-155.
  • Grigoriev M.N., Kunitsky V.V., Chzhan R.V., and Shepelev V.V. (2009). On the variation in geocryological, landscape and hydrological conditions in the Arctic zone of East Siberia in connection with climate warning. Geography and Natural Resources, 30: 101-106.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2008). Phase Changes of Water as a Basis of the Water and Energy Exchange Function of the Cryosphere. Ninth International Conference on Permafrost. Extended Abstracts. University of Alaska. Fairbanks, Vol.1, 2008, pp. 283-284.
  • Balobaev V.T., Shepelev V.V. (2001). Cosmoplanetary Climatic Cycles and Their Role in the Evolution on the Earth’s Biosphere. DAN Earth Sciences, 5: 247-251.
  • Shepelev V.V. (2001). About the Natural Water Cycles. Water Resources, 4: 418-423.
  • Shepelev V.V., Sannikova A.V. (2001). The regime of suprapermafrost water in the active layer, Yakutsk area. Proceeding on the 7th International Symposium on Thermal Engineering and Science for Cold Regions, Seoul, Korea, 2001, pp. 199-202.
  • Lyubomirov A.S., Shepelev V.V. (1999). Geocryological network. Res. Rept. JHAS, 6: 235-239.
  • Shepelev V.V. (1999). Regional characterization of Yakutia according to temperature and humidity condition of suprapermafrost water formation. Third International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle, Beijing, China, 1999, pp. 305-307.
  • Shepelev V.V. (1998). On dependence of active layer suprapermafrost water and distribution on cryolithogenesis processes zonal development in northern Eurasia. Research Report of JHAS, 4: 122-128.
  • Shepelev V.V. (1997). Intensity and energetics of the components of the global water cycles resulting from phase transition of water. Proceedings of International Workshop on Energy and Water Cycle in Siberia and GAME. Nagoya, Japan, pp. 21-24.
  • Shepelev V.V. (1997). The role of precipitation in the suprapermafrost water balance in the seasonally thawing layer under the conditions of Yakutia. Proceedings the Third International Study Conference on GEWEX in Asia and GAME, Korea, Cheju, 1997, pp. 78-82.


  • Shepelev V.V. (2016). Suprapermafrost Waters in the Cryolithozone. China, HANGU DONGJIECENGSHANGSHUI, 113 pp.
  • Шепелёв В. В. Надмерзлотные воды криолитозоны / Новосибирск: Академическое изд-во «Гео», 2011. – 169 с. [Shepelev V.V. (2011). Suprapermafrost Water in the Cryolithozone. Novosibirsk: Geo, 169 pp.].
  • Академическая наука в Якутии (1949–2009 гг.) / Гл. ред. А.Ф. Сафронов, отв. ред. В.В. Шепелев; Рос. акад. наук, Сиб. отд-ние, Якутский научный центр, Ин-т мерзлотоведения. – Новосибирск: Академическое изд-во «Гео», 2009. – 220 с. [Safronov, A.F., and Shepelev, V.V. (eds.) (2009). Academic Science in Yakutia, 1949-2009. Novosibirsk: Geo, 220 pp.].
  • Аргунов Р.Н., Васильев И.С., Гаврильев П.П., Федоров А.Н., Шепелев В.В., Георгиади А.Г. и др. Теплообмен в мерзлотных ландшафтах Восточной Сибири и его факторы. – Москва – Тверь: ООО «Издательство «Триада», 2007. – 576 с. [Argunov, R.N., Vasiliev, I.S., Gavriliev, P.P., Fedorov, A.N., Shepelev, V.V., Georgiadi, A.G. et al. (2007). Heat Exchange in Permafrost Landscapes and Its Controls, East Siberia. Moscow-Tver: Triada, 576 pp.].
  • Подземные воды Центральной Якутии и перспективы их использования / Балобаев В.Т., Иванова Л.Д., Никитина Н.М., Шепелев В.В. и др. – Новосибирск: Изд-во «ГЕО» СО РАН, 2003. [Balobaev, V.T., Ivanova, L.D., Nikitina, N.M., Shepelev, V.V. et al. (2003). Ground Water in Central Yakutia and Its Prospective Use. Novosibirsk: Geo, 137 pp.].
  • Мониторинг подземных вод криолитозоны / Шепелев В.В., Анисимова Н.П., Бойцов А.В. и др. – Якутск: Изд-во ИМЗ СО РАН, 2002. – 172 с.[Shepelev, V.V., Anisimova, N.P., Boytstov, A.V., et al. (2002). Groundwater Monitoring in Permafrost Regions. Yakutsk: Permafrost Institute Press, 172 pp.].
  • Georgiadi A.G., Balobaev V.T., Lyubomirov A.S., Shepelev V.V. and others (1999). Water and Energy Cycle in Permafrost Regions of Eastern Siberia. Institute for Hydrospheric – Atmospheric Science, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, 265 pp.
  • Шепелев В.В. К понятию о криолитосфере Земли. – Якутск: ИМЗ СО РАН, 1997. – 72 с. [Shepelev, V.V. (1997). On the Concept of Earth's Cryolithosphere. Yakutsk: Permafrost Institute Press, 72 pp.].
  • Академическое мерзлотоведение в Якутии / Каменский Р.М., Анисимова Н.П., Шепелёв В.В. и др. – Якутск: ИМЗ СО РАН, 1997. – 328 с. [Kamensky, R.M., Anisimova, N.P., Shepelev, V.V. et al. (1997). Academic Geocryology in Yakutia. Yakutsk: Permafrost Institute Press, 328 pp.].
  • Шепелёв В.В. Родниковые воды Якутии. – Якутск: Якутское кн. изд-во, 1987. – 127 с. [Shepelev, V.V. (1987). Spring Waters of Yakutia. Yakutsk: Yakutsk Publishing House, 127 pp.].
  • Мерзлотно-гидрогеологические условия Восточной Сибири / Шепелёв В.В., Толстихин О.Н., Пигузова В.М. и др. – Новосибирск: Наука, 1984. – 191 с. [Shepelev, V.V., Tolstikhin, O.N., Piguzova, V.M. et al. (1984). Permafrost and Hydrogeological Conditions in East Siberia. Novosibirsk: Nauka, 191 pp.].
  • Пигузова В.М., Шепелев В.В. Методика изучения наледей. – Якутск: ИМЗ СО РАН, 1975. – 62 с. [Piguzova, V.M. and Shepelev, V.V. (1975). Methods for Studying Icings. Yakutsk: Permafrost Institute Press, 62 pp.].