The grant for this aim was allocated for three years by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Scientists of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Higher School of Economics and the Institute of regional consulting from Moscow, Tyumen research center and the scientific center for study of the Arctic from Salekhard will become participants of the project. The results of the study will allow elaborating the further strategy of development of the Russian Arctic zone.
The theme of the research is “Sustainability of development of arctic towns in conditions of nature and climate changes and socioeconomic transformations”. According to the scientific center for study of the Arctic, its relevance is connected with the fact that the Arctic is a strategic region for the country. At that, there is no clear position on the spatial structure of the framework of its development, where and how production forces will be located, and what role towns and supporting areas play in development of this macro-region, how they will be functionally interconnected. According to the results of the research, the scientists will elaborate principles of studying sustainability of urban development, which are adequate to specific conditions of the Arctic. They will conduct typology of towns according to peculiarities of the modern socioeconomic situation, conditions in the living environment and state of engineering infrastructure. They will create a model of forming of specific natural and technogenic geocryological complexes, including permafrost ecological conditions, and will identify significant factors of sustainability of urban development in the Arctic. The electronic atlas will be prepared and placed in the Internet. Also the scientists will prepare recommendations on management of development of towns in the Russian Arctic.
Candidate of geographical sciences, the leading researcher of the faculty of geography in Moscow State University Nadezhda Zamyatina is the head of the study. A researcher Valery Kibenko is participating in the project from the side of the scientific center for study of the Arctic (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug).