SCOTTISH SCIENTISTS CONDUCT RESEARCHES ON MUKHRINO FIELD STATION

One of two groups researches how the climate change can affect soluble and volatile organic compounds of carbon which form in peat bogs of Northern regions. A number of researches will be done in Numto natural park where the research station of Yugra State University is located.


The head of the group Roxane Andersen of the Environmental Research Institute of Scotland said that the main purpose of her visit is to test a new method which she together with her colleagues are going to apply during future climate researches. They installed equipment allowing to take different measurements (PH level, groundwater temperature and depth, etc) in habitat of 3 types of vegetation, they are mosses, shrubs and trees. Data acquired and comparing it with measurements taken in Scottish peatlands will provide the basis for a PhD thesis of one of the group members, Paul Gaffney.


The 17% of Scotland’s territory is covered with heathlands and peat bogs many of which are being afforested by people. To compare key ecological measurements of naturally and artificially inhabited bogs the second group of scientists of University of Highlands and Islands arrived. They are positive about this research to be helpful in making conclusions about prospects of marsh ecosystems development worldwide.


As a reminder, Mukhrino field station admits over 30 foreign researchers within the international project INTERACT every year. The coordinator of the project in Yugra State University is Elena Lapshina, doctor of biological sciences, the head of the Scientific and study centre «Environmental dynamics and global climate change».