Tales from the Aktru Station in Altai Mountains (Part 3)

The monitoring programme which has been re-started at the Aktru Reserach Station and which we are proud of is the monitoring the glacier mass balance. Glacier mass balance has been monitored since 1973 but ceased temporarily in 2012. In 2019, we restored this programme together with our colleagues from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS – Moscow) and with the Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems of Siberian Branch of the RAS (Tomsk). Tomsk RAS partners provide us with all necessary monitoring equipment which is usually developed according to our specific requests. The team from Moscow contributes their experience and methodology.  Both Institutes are partners of the Siberian Environmental Change Network (SecNet: http://www.secnet.online/home-eng.html) led by Tomsk State University and in which there is wide collaboration within various projects and initiatives.

Photo: Alexandr Erofeev, TSU

The Left Aktru glacier, where the monitoring Programme started again, is a representative glacier for many other inland glaciers, so the information from there will be highly important for the research community. Currently, it is the only glacier in Russia beyond the Urals, from which data is transmitted to the World Glacier Monitoring Service (in Zurich). This makes our work even more important and exciting and our data more accessible.

We really may proudly say that this programme is based on friendship and passion for science! Among the international projects we can mention the research field projects supported by the TA Programme of INTERACT and the project devoted to hydrological extreme events which we carry out together with Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan).

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