Scientific expeditions in Yamal will become year-round
14:05 9 февраля 2017
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This year in Yamal about 60 million rubles were allocated to scientific researches and innovations. This information was given on the 9th of February by the director of the regional department of science and innovations Aleksey Titovskiy on the press-conference in the news agency “Sever-Press”.
As he notes, the department pays special attention to organizing of multibranch expeditions, which solve tasks of humanitarian profile, ecology and biology. Besides, to conduct scientific researches the department actively works on attracting of additional resources – grants. Russian Foundation for Basic Research has rendered support since last year.
This year scientific researches will be continued on Beliy Island and the Gydan peninsula. Thus, the unique expeditions to the Gydan peninsula is planned for March, it will take place on the territory of Tazovskiy district: the settlements Tazovskiy, Antipayuta and Gyda and also the trading station Tanama. The scientists will research a lichen layer and state of soil cover. They will examine health of tundra population, medical and social problems of nomadic population in relation to particular pastures, will study feeding habits of reindeer in winter. Also they will fulfill the whole complex of studies on nomadic routes on problems and changes identified during the anthrax outbreak. The results of the expedition will be known within several months.
As the deputy director of the scientific center for study of the Arctic Andrey Lobanov says, this format of the expedition in Yamal opens a new page of the year-round field season, which will give timely information for making decisions on coordination of scientific researches and other services of the Autonomous Okrug.
Aleksey Titovskiy says that on the 24th of February a next expedition will go to Beliy Island to bring equipment, fuel and food. In summer the volunteers will complete its environmental clean-up, and the scientists will continue studying temperature change, dynamics of the coastline, monitoring of biodiversity on the island. Beliy Island is the most interesting and northernmost territory of Yamal, which will soon become an island of science for scientists, as he notes.