The AARI has set up a Permafrost Monitoring Centre
The centre will have four groups: field and technical, scientific and methodological, IT and organisational and logistics.17 March 2023
The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) has set up a Permafrost Monitoring Centre. The order for the new operations and production unit was signed by AARI Director Alexander Makarov. The centre will manage the infrastructure of the state's permafrost monitoring system, which is due to start operating in 2023.
It will also organise and operate a network of observation points, receive, analyse and store data, prepare background and reporting information, and transmit data to the Unified State Data Fund on the State of the Environment and its Pollution, rus-shipping.ru reports with reference to the press service of the AARI.
A total of 140 observation points for changes in permafrost are planned for the monitoring system, which will be located from the far north to Tuva and Altai Territory. The points will be located at Roshydromet stations, which will reduce the cost of the project. The new observation system will allow full-scale monitoring of permafrost, which occupies two-thirds of Russia's territory. The first 20 monitoring stations are scheduled to be deployed this year. The observation system is planned to be fully deployed by the end of 2025.
'There is as yet no such experience of permafrost research over such a wide area in the world. The concept of organising the observing system was developed by our institute. The technology for setting up thermometric wells and transmitting data has already been tested in the Russian far north and the Spitzbergen (Svalbard) Archipelago,' said Alexander Makarov.