WEST SIBERIAN PEATLANDS ARE OF INTEREST TO SCIENTISTS ACROSS THE GLOBE

Fatima Laggun of National Center for Scientific Research of France gave a brief lecture for students who have done their practical work in Mukhrino field station. She and her colleagues arrived to the station to continue their researches initiated during their previous visits.


Fatima Laggun told that peatlands contain up to 33% of world’s carbon despite they occupy only 3% of planet’s territory. Scientists have just recently proceeded to the study of these unique ecosystems capable of absorbing greenhouse gases which cause the global warming. The majority of peatlands are located in West Siberia that is why Mukhrino international field station being equipped with up-to-date facilities for taking different climatic measurements is the important international research platform.


One year ago Fatima’s colleagues set open-top chambers of polycarbonate on the station’s premises so as to create various models of climate change depending on groundwater level, soil temperature and moisture and other measurements. Such kinds of chambers are set in France, Switzerland, Canada and other countries. At this moment the integration of all international stations into one united network is being performed in order to share data acquired and to forecast the dynamics of global climate change on its basis.


Elena Lapshina, the head of the Scientific and study centre "Environmental dynamics and global climate change”, which contains Mukhrino filed station also stressed the importance of researches done and appealed to the students of environmental studies to participate in them. Students of Yugra State University have opportunities to cooperate with top-rank researchers from different countries. The most important thing is a good knowledge of English and aspiration for science, said Elena Lapshina.