Scientists from Scotland conduct researches at Mukhrino Field Station

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From early August two groups of scientists have been working at Mukhrino. One researches how the climate change can affect soluble and volatile organic compounds of carbon which form in peat bogs of northern regions. Some of research 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 says that the main purpose of her visit is to test a new method which she together with her colleagues is going to apply during future climate research. They installed equipment allowing to take different measurements (PH level, groundwater temperature and depth, etc) in the habitat of 3 types of vegetation, which are mosses, shrubs and trees. Data acquired and compared with measurements taken in Scottish peatlands will provide the basis for a PhD thesis of one of the group members, Paul Gaffney.

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.

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