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Opportunities for cooperation in trace element research with Russia

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Possibilities emerged for cooperation with Russia in the field of tracer studies :

  1. The first announcement about possible cooperation on the 2017 Arctic Expedition was published on March 21, 2016. We noted a great interest in the expedition. Proposals from Europe, USA and Australia were received. More information about the expedition is available now.
  2. P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS) has submitted the application to the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO Russia) for the 2017 Interdisciplinary Arctic expedition. The application is under consideration at the moment.
  3. The expedition will take place on board of the RV Akademik Mstislav Keldysh. Prof. Mikhail Flint, Deputy Director of IO RAS, will be the Head of Expedition. The tentative dates of the expedition are from 10 August till 15 October 2017. The expedition will start at Port of Kaliningrad, Russia. The map with the position of transects can be seen below. The main purpose of this interdisciplinary research is the study of ecosystems, including climate change, continental discharge and biological productivity, particulate and dissolved matter pathways in Kara, Laptev and East Siberian Seas. There are several scientific problems to be studied. The first one is to search for any geochemical indicators that could identify and assess the contribution of river runoff and different geological processes to the composition of bottom sediments. Another one is to define the connection of abiotic and biotic processes on the continental slope of the Kara, Laptev and East Siberian Seas. Thus, we are planning to study aerosols, hydrophysical and hydrochemical conditions, bacterio-, phyto- and zooplankton, suspended particulate and dissolved matter, trapped sedimentary material, bottom sediments, zoobenthos.
  4. IO RAS welcomes foreign participation and can provide a few berths on board the RV Akademik Mstislav Keldysh. The interested participants must provide clean sampling and all the necessary equipment themselves. Equipment delivery is not covered by the IO RAS.
  5. Anyone interested to set up a sampling program for dissolved trace metals and their isotopes (including isotopes of particulate metals) on the 2017 expedition to the Kara, Laptev and East Siberian Seas is welcome to contact :

Contact : Dr. Marina Kravchishina,
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
36 Nakhimovsky prospekt, 117997, Moscow, Russia