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Launching New Station for Monitoring Permafrost Conditions in Yamal

Special equipment for automatic temperature data transmission to the Roshydromet server will be installed in the well soon.

3 August 2023

Near the Polui weather station in the Priuralsky district, the Arctic Research Center has drilled a thermometric well. It will be incorporated into the state observation network, established under Roshydromet's supervision, to monitor the permafrost conditions in Russia. This was reported by the press service of the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Area government.

By the end of 2025, a total of 140 similar observation points are expected to be set up across various regions of the country. This will enable accurate data collection on the permafrost condition and forecast the trends of permafrost changes. The significance of establishing a monitoring system has been repeatedly highlighted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

In the Priuralsky district, specialists used a compact drilling rig for the first time at a depth exceeding 25 meters, ensuring maximum preservation of the surface soil layer. Such a depth of the well is justified by the fact that it is there that the influence of atmospheric action on the permafrost layer stops.  

The state system for background monitoring of permafrost conditions has added a new observation point, making it the second one in Yamal. The first observation point, drilled by the Arctic Research Center, was opened in Salekhard this May.


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