In late April researchers from the Department of Physics of University of Helsinki Dr. Ivan Mammarella and M.Sc. Pavel Alekseychik visited Yugra State University (YSU), Khanty-Mansiysk. They spent a few days at the International field station “Mukhrino” collecting and processing data using the eddy covariance method.
This method allows to acquire more reliable estimates for gas exchange (CO2 and water vapor) between the ecosystem and the atmosphere. In future this makes it possible to forecast climate change in a particular region. It is worth noticing that there are only few operating eddy covariance facilities in Russia.
Pavel Alekseychik presented the new global network for climate change research PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment) to the university leadership. The network currently comprises 80 universities and 20 field stations from over 20 counties. YSU became a member of this network in February 2015 in Helsinki. The Finnish capital hosted the 5th PEEX Meeting where Elena Lapshina, the head of the UNESCO Chair «Environmental Dynamics and Global Climate Change», took part. Dr. Lapshina made a presentation of scientific research being conducted at Mukhrino station.
The main idea of the PEEX consists in collecting different measurements from the whole continent and creating an open database available for any researcher studying climate change. Basing on the data acquired researchers are going to develop diverse action plans for both climate change and air quality impacts on life of society, energy resources and capital flow. It is also scheduled to organize different educational programs, summer schools and events aimed at popularization of the climatology.