The Center for the Arctic Research in Yamal will join the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring Network (СALM).
It is worth mentioning that about 170 observation sites were set up in the framework of the CALM project in the Northern hemisphere. Scientists have been conducting studies using the standard methodology for the last 25 years there. There are more than 25 such sites functioning in the Russia Federation.
The Center for the Arctic Research started constructing another such site between the Town of Labytnangi and Kharp village near the Khinimey River. The site for studies was chosen during the 2016 summer field season in collaboration with the members of the Lomonosov Moscow State University expedition.
Scientists measured 121 point over the area of 1 hectare using a probe last weekend.
The perpetually-frozen ground seasonal thaw depth turned out to exceed 2 meters this year. This is unusual for the region. It usually amounts to 0.6-2 meters.
Yaroslav Kamnev, a senior research fellow of the Center for the Arctic and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Mathematics, attempted georadar mapping in order to evaluate the seasonal thaw depth. This could potentially help create a 3D model of the permafrost up to the depth of 12 meters, as well as observe it evolve.
The Center for the Arctic Research helped organize the expedition.
Source: Arctic-Info Photo: The Center for the Arctic Research