Researchers from Tomsk State University and Newcastle University will study the carbon cycle of the Vasyugan Swamp. The first step towards this will be holding seminars necessary for the scientific groups’ adaptation. The British Science and Innovation Network, which supports the creation of international research projects, allocated a grant to the British side for these events.
A grant from the UK Science and Innovation Network won by Newcastle University staff will help researchers build a working relationship. In February, TSU scientists will go to the first joint seminar. They will deliver samples taken in the Vasyugan swamp for laboratory tests. The expedition to the largest swamp in the world took place in December.
The winter expedition was also interesting because it made it possible to assess the working conditions in the cold season. Previously, TSU scientists traveled along the Vasyugan Swamp on a swamp buggy in the summer, but it is almost impossible to cross the entire heavily watered and muddy place on this transport in the summer. The winter is different. Now, under the leadership of Sergey Fedko, the director of the stationary research base Vasyuganskaya, they were getting there on snowmobiles through the frozen swamp. This made it possible to select the locations for subsequent sampling.
The complexity of the route to Vasyugan Swamp is that there are no more than three points of entry from the taiga to the lake and only a few know them. This serves as a kind of protection for a unique object, within which the Vasyugan reserve will soon be created.
Also, in February 2020, scientists from Newcastle University will pay a return visit, during which they will visit two TSU research stations included in the SecNet network and the international project Interact II. During the seminars, researchers will discuss the topic of joint research and decide on the filing of joint applications to scientific foundations that support international projects.