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Tomsk and British scientists to discuss joint "Arctic" projects

© Сергей НикифоровTomsk and British scientists to discuss joint Arctic projects

TOMSK, Oct 20 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists of Tomsk State University (TSU) together with the British Antarctic Survey will hold a webinar on October 22 to discuss future joint projects to study global climate transformation and environmental change in the Arctic and Subarctic, the university's press service said on Tuesday.

Earlier it was reported that TSU scientists, in particular, employees of the BioGeoClim laboratory, have been studying the significance of climatic changes in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Russia for many years. Also, climatologists are investigating the contribution of rivers and lakes in Western Siberia to global warming, the consequences of permafrost melting and other climatic phenomena.

According to the press service, TSU, together with the British Antarctic Survey will organize a webinar dedicated to the study of the global climate transformation and environmental change taking place in the Arctic and Subarctic on Thursday, October 22. The webinar will become a virtual platform for the formation of new ideas, which will form the basis of joint projects to study anomalies in the coldest parts of the planet.

"British colleagues are interested in conducting Arctic research, they offered to exchange information on developments in order to find points of intersection of scientific interests and develop these areas together. The interest of colleagues in the Arctic is understandable, now the most noticeable changes are taking place there over the entire period of scientific observations", – Director of the TSU Centre for International Scientific Cooperation Olga Shaduyko is quoted.

Thus, scientists of the TSU BioGeoClim laboratory, who conduct research every year in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug at the Khanymey TSU station, found that due to the warm winter of 2019-2020, the permafrost melted 30% faster. If the trend continues, this will have to be taken into account in the construction of roads and buildings, as the soil becomes more mobile.

It is added that potential joint projects of Tomsk and British scientists can be implemented within the framework of the SecNet (Siberian Environmental Change Network), created under the auspices of TSU to study climate transformations in Siberia and the Arctic.

Earlier it was reported that the SecNet includes the leading institutions of Russia, Great Britain, Norway, the USA and Canada. Within the framework of the study of climatic transformations in Siberia and the Arctic in 2020, scientists of TSU and SecNet found that over the past 50 years, the average annual temperature in Siberia and the Subarctic has increased by four degrees, which led to the appearance of a tornadoes in these territories.

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