Mirninsky rayon
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Russia 678185
Phone: +7 41136 72-146


Research Staff

Sergey Velikin Ph.D., Head of Station
Sergey Kuzmich, Assistant Head of Station
Vitaly Neklyudov, Research Scientist
Yulia Marchenko, Junior Research Scientist
Artem Yakimov, Research Assistant

Technical Staff

Y.G. Ivanov, Senior Technical Assistant
I.I. Savvinov
, Technical Assistant
O.A. Kurgan, Technical Assistant
V.D. Jan
Senior Technical Assistant
A.B. Godunov, Technical Assistant
F.I. Yagofarov, Technical Assistant
A.V. Tsiferov, Technician
L.V. Kalina, Technician
V.I. Lysov, Technician

Support Staff

Alevtina Korshunova, Administrative Assistant
Ekaterina Skorinina, Senior Accountant
Natalya Bylinskaya, Accountant
A.P. Kurganov, Driver-Mechanic


VPRS research is focused on the advancement of permafrost geophysics and involves the development of geophysical theories and techniques, as well as their application to permafrost studies in the West Yakutian diamond mining district.

The main areas of research at VPRS are dictated by increasing pressures on the permafrost environment exerted by resource extraction and construction activities. They are:

  • development and improvement of geophysical methods for permafrost investigations;
  • interaction of engineering structures with the environment during construction, operation and maintenance;
  • integrated permafrost investigations in the areas of intensive resource use.

The goals of research are to:

  • develop innovative geophysical methods and procedures for permafrost monitoring to provide a rational basis for planning decisions and infrastructure safety management (including integration of geophysical methods and improvement of interpretation techniques).
  • develop an understanding of the relationships between the physical parameters and the types and properties of frozen earth materials that dictate the allowable limits of impact.