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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. This set of measurements is also being performed in Tomsk region but the YSU’s field station is the only spot in the Western Siberia to do this all year round. Ignoring these measurements of such a vast and significant region cannot make it possible to model natural ecosystems’ responds to climate changes. Researches all over the world switch from an ordinary monitoring of various ecological characteristics to a modeling of natural processes which allows to forecast climate changes more accurate.

Scientists from University of Helsinki also had a meeting with Sergei Pyatkov, the Vice-rector for science activity and international relations, to discuss prospects of the interuniversity cooperation. The conversation concerned Yugra State University possible joining the international network ICOS (Integrated carbon observation system), the PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment) and participating in other projects. An agreement on advisability of publishing the ecological monitoring data in scientific journals (in particular, the Yugra State University journal «Environmental dynamics and global climate change») has been reached so as to make them accessible for the global scientific community.

According to Elena Lapshina, the head of the Scientific and study centre «Environmental dynamics and global climate change», cooperation with University of Helsinki gives great opportunities for our University but nevertheless there is an acute need for undergraduates and postgraduates who are willingly able to collect and process data. It may be students majoring in physics, mathematics, information technology and ecology and are eager to build a carrier of an international scientist.

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