Environmental Dynamics and Global Climate Change Journal (EDGCC), run by the YUSU UNESCO Chair, is ready to become a platform for publishing SecNet featured research findings.

During the III Annual International Seminar held under the aegis of the Siberian Environmental Change Network (SecNet), YUSU-based researchers present at the event proposed to make the university EDGCC Journal the basic platform for publishing SecNet research papers.

SecNet is an open community established by Tomsk State University to consolidate academic institutions, research organizations and teams driven by a common goal to support sustainable development of the North and polar regions by accumulating comprehensive experience and knowledge on Siberian environments and society.

"The staff of the YUSU UNESCO Chair 'Environmental Dynamics and Global Climate Change' attended an INTERACT and SecNet Workshop in the city of Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. The events attracted over 70 representatives from the Arctic states like Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and more," said Evgeniy Zarov, a Chair research fellow. "Raising awareness and promotion of SecNet was one of the issues under discussion during the workshop." Prof., Dr. Elena Lapshina, head of the UNESCO Chair, took part in the discussion on establishing a common peer-reviewed journal, having proposed to make the EDGCC scientific journal the platform for publishing SecNet research results.

The scientist also noted that Russia first hosted an International Meeting powered by the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT), the global network that brings together Arctic field stations. It provides greater opportunities for even more advanced prediction of social and economic development of Russia's Far North regions. 

INTERACT consolidates 82 terrestrial field bases in Northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas.
YUSU-owned Mukhrino Field Station, located 20 km off the city of Khanty-Mansiysk, also belongs to INTERACT. Its research primarily focuses on Mukhrino upper wetland area. According to the scientists, wetlands are one of the essential components to stabilize global climate. Observing changes occurring across the bogs surface as well as the air above them, one can imagine how nature responds to climate change and can predict further developments. Mukhrino Field Station provides long-term monitoring opportunities with regard to basic parameters of cycle of matter and ecosystems energy, facilitates housing and working conditions for implementing research projects by the station visitors, and hosts academic trainings, excursions and workshops.

English version by Azat Garipov.