Mukhrino Field Station will host a summer school for young researchers

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Summer School “Functioning of boreal raised bogs of West Siberia and their response to climate change” will be organized by Yugra State University, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, University of Helsinki, Finland and Lund University, Sweden with support of the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research.

The School will take place on August 26 – September 4, 2016. The program will include field trips, taking measurements, laboratory work, data analysis, a workshop in micrometeorological greenhouse gas measurement techniques (eddy-covariance) etc. Participants can get scholarships to cover travel expenses and fee. More information is available here.

Journal of UNESCO Chair gets popular

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Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) has counted the two-year impact factor of the journal “Environmental Dynamics and Global Climate Change” of Yugra State University. In 2015 it made 0.692 having doubled in comparison with the previous period (two-year impact factor in 2013 was 0.364).

The impact factor (IF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. In any given year, the impact factor of a journal is the average number of citations received per paper published in that journal during the two preceding years. Continue reading

Sphagnum Symposium-2016. Description of Excursions

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West Siberia is a land of endless Sphagnum mires that cover vast areas in between rivers. Bogs cover over 50% of the West Siberian Plain reaching 80-90% in certain areas. However, only few Sphagnum species are dominating on the most part of the area. To see as many species as possible, field trips of the VI International Meeting on the Biology of Sphagnum have been planned in a way to visit diverse minerotrophic mires with the sphagnum mosses. Continue reading

Participants of the Sphagnum Symposium-2016 are invited to Saint Petersburg

Participants of the Sphagnum Symposium-2016 in Khanty-Mansiysk are invited to start Sphagnum meeting in the Saint-Petersburg region. Two days of excursions will provide possibilities to see Sphagnum species with sub-oceanic tendency of distribution which are absent or rare in West Siberia – Sphagnum auriculatum, S. subnitens, S. rubellum, S. quinquefarium, S.cuspidatum, S.tenellum and other more widespread species.

Description of excursions: in English, in Russian

Please contact Maria Noskova (maria.noskova@mail.ru) if you would like to start International meeting on the biology of Sphagnum in Saint-Petersburg. Continue reading

Yugra State University supports indigenous traditions

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On August, 14-16 the Mukhrino Field Station hosted the seminar “Construction of a chum – traditional housing of the Ob-Ugric peoples” organized together with the Youth organization of the Ob-Ugric peoples (MOOUN) within the project “Folk Workshop for Preserving and Promoting the Traditional Culture of the Ob-Ugric Peoples”.

During three days employees of the Mukhrino Station and representatives of the MOOUN leant how to make a chum under the supervision of the experienced indigenous artisans. Despite the fact that chums are traditionally installed by women, male participants of the seminar also had enough work. They prepared poles, built the floor and fished. Women cut and sewed tent-cloth. Continue reading

Extending ties with Germany

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The leaders of Yugra State University were glad to meet the representatives of Münster University, Westphalia (Germany) and Tyumen State University (Russia) on August 6th, 2015. The key discussion topic was actions to be taken for the further implementation of the «Route of Friendship» project performed by the three universities as well as cooperation prospects for academic mobility.

The meeting resulted in a cooperation agreement signed by Yugra State University and Münster University. Continue reading

Yugra State University takes part in a new global network for climate research

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. Continue reading

The closing meeting of the INTERACT project participants is being held in Denmark

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The closing meeting of the INTERACT project participants and the 8th Forum of field stations managers are being held on November 24-25th in Denmark.

The INTERACT network project was launched in 2011, that same year the international Mukhrino field station of the UNESCO department joined the consortium. A total of more than 70 participating research studies institutes and universities have research stations available and actively monitor environmental conditions of arctic and adjacent areas of the Northern hemisphere (Scandinavia, Greenland, Canada, etc). Continue reading

Yugra State University may become a platform for meteorology research of the Western Siberia

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The delegation of meteorology researchers from University of Helsinki have visited Yugra State University for the second time during this year. Early in April they installed Eddy Covariance system (micrometeorological method) at the premises of Mukhrino Field Station. During the stay the scientists organized a school for young researchers dedicated to data processing methods acquired by the aforementioned method.

Finnish colleagues are interested in cooperation with Yugra State University as there are only few Eddy Covariance facilities in Russia which allow to measure carbon dioxide flows and calculate another data such as wind speed and direction, at large distances. Continue reading

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. Continue reading