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Mikhail Zhelezniak, D.Sc.

Director, MPI
Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics









Tel.: +7-4112-390801, 334034
Email: femnzhel@mpi.ysn.ru


Education and Degrees

  • M.S. (Geography), Yakutsk State University, 1980
  • Ph.D. (Geology and Mineralogy), Moscow State University, 1994. Dissertation: Geothermal Conditions for the Formation and Existence of Permafrost in the Western Part of the Aldan Uplift
  • D.Sc. (Geology and Mineralogy), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2002. Dissertation: Geotemperature Field and Permafrost in the South-Eastern Part of the Siberian Platform


Research Interests

  • Geothermics
  • Subsurface temperature distributions in permafrost areas
  • Geothermal monitoring
  • Regional permafrost studies


Current Projects

  • SB RAS Program IX.135.2, 2017-2020: Cryogenic, Geological and Physico-Chemical Processes and Their Contribution to the Formation and Evolution of Natural and Anthropogenic Cryospheric Systems (Program Coordinator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.1, 2017-2020: Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Transformation in Northern Asia and Central Asian Mountains (Project Director)
  • SB RAS Interdisciplinary Integrated Project II.1, 2018-2020: Reconstructing the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Permafrost and Subsurface Temperature in the Vilyui Basin (Project Director)


Selected Past Projects

  • RFBR-NSFC Joint Project, 2018-2019. A Comparative Study of the Influence of Convection Flows of Water and Air on State of Permafrost in the Aldan-Stanovoy Upland and the Tibetan Plateau (Project Co-Director)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII. 77.2.3, 2013-2016. Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Evolution in Northern Asia. Block 1. Understanding the Development of Subsurface Temperature Fields and Permafrost in Major Tectonic Structures of the Siberian Platform
  • RFBR Project 13-05-00875 A. Transformation of the Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost in Structures of the Aldan-Stanovoy Shield
  • Geothermal Study of Permafrost in the Kystyktakh Area and Development of a Geocryological Database. Contract Project
  • Geothermal Database of the Yenisey-Khatanga Trough. Contract Project
  • RAS Department of Earth Sciences Program No. ONZ-11.7, 2009-2012. Geotemperature Field and Permafrost Dynamics in Northern Eurasia. Evaluation of Current Rates of Permafrost Dynamics in the Continental and Shelf Areas of Northern Eurasia. Part 1. The Geotemperature Field and Assessment of Current Cryogenic Processes in the North Eurasian Permafrost Region
  • Core Project VII.63.2.3, 2009-2012. Geothermophysical and Geochemical Fields in North Asian Permafrost: Dynamics and Prediction of Future Changes
  • RAS Department of Earth Sciences Program No. ONZ-7. Physical Fields and Inner Structure of the Earth. Project 2. Permafrost and Geothermal Atlas of Siberia and Far East
  • RFBR Grant 06-05-096126-p_vostok, 2009-2011. Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost in the Tungusska Syneclise
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Grant, Project 1.1.20, 2009-2011. Geocryological Database and the Dynamics of Hydrogeological and Geocryological Conditions due to Climate Change and Human Activities in Coal-Bearing Areas, Southern Yakutia
  • RAS Presidium Grant, Project 16.4, 2009-2010. Environmental and Climate Changes: Natural Disasters
  • INTAS Project 06-100025-9220, 2006-2008. Assessment of the Feasibility of CO2 Storage in the Russian Permafrost


Field Work

Current field work includes permafrost investigations and monitoring in the Altai, Verkhoyansk, Kodar-Udokan and Ile-Alatau mountains.


Committee Memberships

  • Chair, Scientific Council, Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Chair, Dissertation Council D.003.025.01 (qualification standard 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering


External Professional Activities

  • Full Member, Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Advisory Council on Research and Technology Policy
  • Member, SB RAS Yakutian Scientific Center Presidium
  • Chair, Public Council, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Committee on Innovation Policy and Science
  • Editorial Board Member, Kriosfera Zemli / Earth Cryosphere Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions
  • Editorial Board Member, Природные ресурсы Арктики и Субарктики (Arctic and Subarctic Natural Resources)
  • Expert Panel Member, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)


Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • Professor, Department of Permafrost Science, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk)
  • Chair, State Attestation Committee for Graduate Degrees, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (Tyumen)
  • Member, State Examination Committee for Graduate Degrees, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (Tyumen)
  • PhD student supervision: recently completed – V. Semenov, A. Zhirkov, current - A. Kirillin, R. Sysolyatin


Honors and Awards

  • 2016 – Honored Scholar of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • 2015 – Yakutia Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Badge of Merit
  • 2013 – North-Eastern Federal University Silver Decoration “For Achievements in Teaching”
  • 2011 – Meritorious Worker in Science and Technology of the RSFSR Honorary Title
  • 2007 – Silver Sigma Award
  • 2007 – RAS Trade Union Honorary Diploma
  • 2007 – RAS Honorary Diploma
  • 2006 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Award
  • 2005 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Government Award “For Contribution to Science Advancement”


Selected Publications

Publications include over 180 titles, including 4 monographs.

  • Zheleznyak M.N., Shatz M.M., Serikov S.I., Sysoliatin R.G., Skachkov Yu.B., Zhizhin V.I. (2020). Altitudinal geotemperature zonation in Central Altai. Earth`s Cryosphere, XXIV(3), 16-21. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2020-3(16-21)
  • Kalinicheva S.V., Fedorov A.N., and Zhelezniak M.N. (2019). Mapping mountain permafrost landscapes in Siberia using Landsat thermal imagery. Geosciences 9(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010004.
  • Zhirkov, A. F.; Wen, Z.; Permyakov, P. P.; Zhelezniak, M. N.; Gao, Q.; Kirillin, A. R. (2019). Numerical simulation of the subsoil condensation process and its impact on the heat and moisture regime of the frozen soils. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Research, 10 (1), 372-386. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/1141/1/012104
  • Duchkov A.D., Zheleznyak M.N., Sokolova L.S., Semenov V.P. (2019). Methane and carbon dioxide hydrate stability zones in the sedimentary cover of the Vilyui Syneclise. Earth’s Cryosphere, XXIII(6): 16–22. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2019-6(16-22)
  • Biskaborn, B. K.; Smith, S. L.; Noetzli, J.; Matthes, H.; Vieira, G.; Streletskiy, D. A.; Schoeneich, P.; Romanovsky, V. E.; Lewkowicz, A. G.; Abramov, A.; Allard, M.; Boike, J.; Cable, W. L.; Christiansen, H. H.; Delaloye, R.; Diekmann, B.; Drozdov, D.; Etzelmuller, B.; Grosse, G.; Guglielmin, M.; Ingeman-Nielsen, T.; Isaksen, K.; Ishikawa, M.; Johansson, M.; Johannsson, H.; Joo, A.; Kaverin, D.; Kholodov, A.; Konstantinov, P.; Kroger, T.; Lambiel, C.; Lanckman, J. P.; Luo, D. L.; Malkova, G.; Meiklejohn, I.; Moskalenko, N.; Oliva, M.; Phillips, M.; Ramos, M.; Sannel, A. B. K.; Sergeev, D.; Seybold, C.; Skryabin, P.; Vasiliev, A.; Wu, Q. B.; Yoshikawa, K.; Zheleznyak, M.; Lantuit, H. (2019). Permafrost is warming at a global scale. Nature Communications, 10. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08240-4
  • Wen Z., Zhelezniak M., Wang D., Ma W., Wu Q., Yang Z., Zhirkov A., Gao Q. (2018). Thermal interaction between a thermokarst lake and a nearby embankment in permafrost regions. Cold Regions Science and Technology 155: 214-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2018.08.010
  • Gorbunov A.P., Zhelezniak M.N., Severskiy E.V. (2018). Estimation of the volume of ground ice in the Tien Shan mountains. Earth's Cryosphere XXII(6): 32–40. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2018-6(32-40) http://www.izdatgeo.ru/pdf/earth_cryo/2018-6/32_eng.pdf
  • 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.
  • Permyakov P.P., Zhirkov A.F. and Zheleznyak M.N. (2018). Mathematical modeling of intrasoil condensation in frozen soils. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 1141, conference 1.
  • Zheleznyak M.N., Serikov S.I., Shatz M.M. (2018). Ecological, geocryological and geotechnical conditions of the gas transportation system “Force of Siberia”. Perm Journal of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, 17(2): 189-200. DOI: 10.15593/2224-9923/2018.2.8.
  • Papina T.S., Malygina N.S., Eirikh A.N., Galanin A.A., Zheleznyak M.N. (2017). Isotopic composition and sources of atmospheric precipitation in Central Yakutia. Kriosfera Zemli XXI(2): 52–61. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2017-1(52-61) http://www.izdatgeo.ru/pdf/earth_cryo/2017-2/52_eng.pdf
  • Permyakov P.P., Varlamov S.P., Zhelezniak M.N. (2017). Influence of vertical seasonal cooling devices on soil heat and moisture transfer. Kriosfera Zemli XXI(1): 60–66. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2017-1(60-66) http://www.izdatgeo.ru/pdf/earth_cryo/2017-1/60_eng.pdf
  • Maximov T. Chr., Ohta T., Hiyama T., Sugimoto A., Zheleznyak M., Fedorov A., Kononov A.V., Maksimov A. (2016). 25 years our joint studies between Russia and Japan on climate change. In: Climate and Permafrost Ecosystems. Proceedings of IXth International Symposium "C/H2O/Energy Balance and Climate over the Boreal and Arctic Regions with Special Emphasis on Eastern Eurasia", Yakutsk, Russia, 1-4 November 2016. Nagoya University, pp. 33-37.
  • Zhelezniak M.N., Serikov S.A., Shatz M.M., Raldugin V.V. (2016). Active-layer temperature dynamics in the Altay mountainous regions. In: Climate and Permafrost Ecosystems. Proceedings of IXth International Symposium "C/H2O/Energy Balance and Climate over the Boreal and Arctic Regions with Special Emphasis on Eastern Eurasia", Yakutsk, Russia, 1-4 November 2016. Nagoya University, pp. 45-48.
  • Zhirkov A.F., Zhelezniak M.N. (2016). The role of convective heat transfer by rainfall infiltration in the temperature regime of soils. In: Climate and Permafrost Ecosystems. Proceedings of IXth International Symposium "C/H2O/Energy Balance and Climate over the Boreal and Arctic Regions with Special Emphasis on Eastern Eurasia", Yakutsk, Russia, 1-4 November 2016. Nagoya University, pp. 164-167.
  • Zhelezniak, M., Konstantinov, P. (2015). Permafrost – Circumpolar status report – Russia. The Circle, 4: 9-10. http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?255730/The-Circle-0415.
  • Duchkov A. D., Zheleznjak M., Sokolova L. S. (2014). Electronic geothermal atlases of Asian Russia. Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, 6(5): 0479-0483.
  • Park H., Fedorov A.N., Zheleznyak M.N., Konstantinov P.Y., Walsh J.E. (2014). Effect of snow cover on pan-Arctic permafrost thermal regimes. Climate Dynamics. doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2356-5.
  • Zhelezniak M., Zhirkov A., Kirillin A. (2014). The development of mountain permafrost in the Stanovoy Upland. Journal of Engineering of Heilongjiang University, 5(3): 1-7.
  • Semenov V.P., Zheleznyak M.N. (2012). The temperature field and permafrost of the Vilyui Basin. 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. 510-511.
  • Zheleznyak M.N. (2012). On the Need to Create a Geo-information Geocryological System. 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. 671-672.
  • Gulyi S.A., Basistyi V.A., Zheleznyak M.N. (2012). Resumed Temperature Monitoring of Permafrost in Northeastern Russia. In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, June 25–29, 2012. Vol. 4/1, Extended Abstracts. Ekaterinburg: Fort Dialog-Iset, р. 205-207.
  • Serikov S.I., Zheleznyak M.N., Guly S.A., Skachkov Yu.B., Ruzanov V.T., Romanovsky V.E., Kholodov A.A. (2012). Monitoring of the Dynamics of Rocks' Thermal Regime in Eastern Siberia. In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, June 25–29, 2012. Vol. 4/2, Extended Abstracts. Ekaterinburg: Fort Dialog-Iset, Russia, р. 516-518.
  • Misaylov I.E., Zheleznyak M.N., Kazanskiy O.A., Zepalov F.N. (2012). Geocryological Conditions of the North-Eastern Part of the West Siberian Plate. 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. 394-395.
  • Serikov S.I., Zheleznyak M.N., Guly S.A., Skachkov Yu.B., Ruzanov V.T., Romanovsky V.E., Kholodov A.A. (2012). Monitoring of the dynamics of rocks thermal regime in Eastern Siberia. In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia June 25–29, 2012. Vol. 4, Extended Abstracts. Tyumen, Ekaterinburg: The Fort Dialog-Iset Publisher, pp. 516-517.
  • Le Nindre, Y.M.; Allier, D.; Duchkov, A.; Altunina, L.K.; Shvartsev, S.; Zhelezniak, M.; Klerkx (2011). Storing CO2 underneath the Siberian Permafrost: A win-win solution for long-term trapping of CO2 and heavy oil upgrading. J. Energy Procedia vol. 4 2011. p. 5414-5421 DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.526. ISSN: 1876-6102.
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