Photo: from the personal archive of Yury Danilov
A group of scientists of North-Eastern Federal University received a grant of the Russian Geographical Society for the implementation of the project "Floating University". This summer special water expedition explores the hydrological regime and ecological state of the Lena River - its feeders, river bed evolution and cryogenic processes.
Head of the Department of Geography of NEFU Institute of Natural Sciences Yury Danilov notes that the establishment of Floating University in Yakutia is an important step in the study of the characteristics and current state of the nature. "It is important for the study and monitoring of the resource potential of the Lena River and other rivers of the republic, the islands and waters of the Arctic seas of the Eastern sector of the Arctic. The project work will be aimed at developing a basis for setting and implementing the relevant research in the Arctic sector of Yakutia, including the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian and the Chukchi seas", he said.
Initially, the project "Arctic Floating University" was initiated by researchers of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after Mikhail Lomonosov. "We are proud that NArFU project has attracted so much attention of the scientific community and contributed to the establishment of similar expedition projects in other regions", said director of NArFU Arctic Centre of Strategic Studies Konstantin Zaykov. - The interest of such form of training and research is justified. Floating University is a unique learning model that includes practical skills and theory. It's great that our colleagues have decided to organize such expedition".
"NEFU Floating University" plans to cover Tiksi, Zhigansk, Olekminsk and the Aldan River, "Lena Pillars" Park, Research Center "Samoilovsky Island" and "Mammoth Mountain".
"Arctic Floating University" is an innovative project combining science and education of the Arctic territories in order to preserve the Arctic environment and provide sustainable development of the region for future generations.