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Geoecology of the Northern Territories

Founded in 1969 by engineer, rear-admiral V. F. Burkhanov.
In 1972 Dr. I.D. Danilov became the head of the Laboratory, while its scientific supervisors were Prof. A.I. Popov and Prof. O.K. Leont’yev. For 40 years (1979-2019) the laboratory was headed by Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor Vladimir I. Solomatin.

Acting head of laboratory:

Ogorodov, S.A. (Arctic Coastal Dynamics), Doctor of Geography, Professor of RAS


Main Fields of Research
Assessment and forecast of stability of relief, lithogenic bases, and permafrost in connection with the dynamics of cryogenic geosystems at reclaimed areas of the North. Dynamics of the coastal zone of the Arctic seas in natural and man-caused transformed conditions, effects of ice formations on the shore and bottom; remote methods of geo-environmental monitoring of northern tehnogeosystems using geoinformation technologies. History of the development of natural complexes of the North.

In these areas, the laboratory performed a number of state contracts, projects, and grants.

Main Fields of Applied Research
Analysis of land use in the Far North: monitoring of natural hazards, the development of practical recommendations for the prevention of destructive processes, land reclamation.
Assessment of the state of nature-technical systems in permafrost and remote monitoring based on satellite and aerial images decoding.
Creation of feature-rich GIS for specific promising areas of oil and gas development.
Predicting the dynamics of the Arctic coast and underwater slope deformations in the areas of laying of linear hydraulic structures, subsea pipelines, and communication cables.
Assessing the impacts of sea ice on the shore and bottom of freezing seas.

International relations
The laboratory has taken participation in the following international projects:
Assessing the Sensitivity of Arctic Coastal Dynamics to Change (RFBR-Helmholtz project, 2009-2011)

The laboratory has scientific contacts with Alfred Wegener Institute for polar and marine research (Potsdam, Germany); Bologna (Italy, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate), University center of Svalbard (Longyearbyen, Norway).

Major publications
Investigation of Northern Geosystems Stability [Issledovanie ustojchivosti geosistem Severa]/ Ed. by Solomatin V.I., 1988
Geoecology of the North (Introduction to Geocryoecology) [Geoekologiya Severa (vvedenie v
geokrioekologiyu)] / Ed. by Solomatin V.I., 1992
Dynamics of the Russian Arctic Coasts [Dinamika arkticheskix poberezhij Rossii] / Ed. by Solomatin V.I., Sovershaev V.A., 1998.
Zhigarev L.A. Oceanic permafrost [Okeanicheskaya kriolitozona], 1997.
Konyakhin M.A., Mikhalev D.V., Solomatin V.I. Oxygen-isotopic Composition of Ground Ice. [Izotopno-kislorodnyj sostav podzemnykh ldov]. 1996
Natural conditions of Baydaratskaya Bay [Prirodnye usloviya Bajdarackoj guby] / Ed. by Sovershaev V.A. et al., 1997
Solomatin V.I. Petrogenesis of Ground Ice [Petrogenez podzemnyx ldov], 1986
Fedorov V.M. Gravitational factors and astronomical chronology of geosphere processes [Gravitacionnye faktory i astronomicheskaya xronologiya geosfernyx processov], 2000
Problems of General and Applied Environmental Geoscience of the North [Problemy obshhej i prikladnoj geoekologii Severa]/ Ed. by Solonatin V.I., 2001
Topchiev A.G. Technologies of Aerospace monitoring in the Oil and Gas Business [Texnologii aerokosmicheskogo monitoringa v neftegazovom dele], 2003
Topchiev A.G. Geoinformation Technologies in Computer-aided Design and Diagnosis of Oil and Gas Facilities [Geoinformacionnye texnologii v avtomatizirovannom proektirovanii i diagnostike neftegazovyx sooruzhenij], 2003
Fedorov V.M. Astronomical climatology [Astronomicheskaya klimatologiya], 2002
Vasil'chuk A.K. Features of formation of pollen spectra in permafrost [Osobennosti formirovaniya palinospektrov v kriolitozone], 2005
Vasil'chuk A.K. Palynology and chronology of polygonal-core complexes in the permafrost zone of Russia [Palinologiya i xronologiya poligonalno-zhil’nyx kompleksov v kriolitozone Rossii], 2007.
Shilova O.S. Holocene Diatoms of Bogs of the Kola Peninsula and North-Eastern Karelia [Golocenovye diatomei bolot Kol'skogo poluostrova i Severo-Vostochnoj Karelii], 2011.
Ogorodov S.A. The Role of Sea Ice in Coastal Dynamics [Rol' morskix l'dov v dinamike rel'efa beregovoj zony], 2011.
Solomatin V.I. Physics and Geography of Underground Glaciation [Fizika i geografiya podzemnogo oledeneniya], 2013.
Belova N.G. Massive ice beds of the south-western coast of the Kara Sea [Plastovye l'dy yugo-zapadnogo poberezh'ya Karskogo morya], 2014.

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