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The next stage of work of AARI scientists on Severnaya Zemlya has been completed

Members of the expedition of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) returned on board the ship “Akademik Tryoshnikov” to the port of St. Petersburg. Behind the shoulders of the polar explorers is a year of fruitful work at the stationary “Ice base” Cape Baranova “” on the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, behind the stern of the vessel – 9853 miles of sea, some of which had to be passed among icebergs and through ice fields.

The program of scientific work at the AARI high-latitude observatory at Cape Baranov was very extensive. Scientists conducted standard and specialized meteorological, oceanographic, ice, seismic, aerological, geophysical and other observations and studies. In accordance with the program of the marine expedition, a search and selection of a suitable ice floe for installation was carried out platform “North Pole”helicopter operations to unload equipment for the winter camp, aerial work with landings on ice fields, placement of drifting buoys.

During the sea part of the expedition, “Akademik Tryoshnikov” covered 9853 miles from St. Petersburg through Murmansk to the Northern Sea Route and back, including 2300 miles in iceberg waters and 1030 miles in ice. As part of the expedition, the ship provided supplies to the polar station at Cape Baranov, delivering 480 tons of cargo and providing a partial change of the team of the scientific station.

– With the start of the expedition “Northern Plus-41”, the ice base “Cape Baranova” acquires a new, strategically important significance for us. Now, in addition to planned scientific research, it will become a stronghold for transport and communication operations to ensure the work of the drifting station. It will also become a significant link in the spatially distributed observatory that unites the ice-resistant platform “North Pole”, the Russian Scientific Center on the Spitsbergen archipelago and the hydrometeorological observatory “Tiksi”. Scientific data, among other things, will be used to prepare forecasts of ice conditions to ensure navigation along the Northern Sea Route, — said the director of the AARI Alexander Makarov.

Work at the research station “Ice base” Cape Baranova “” in the Arctic is carried out all year round. This winter, a wide range of standard and special hydrometeorological and geophysical observations at the station will be carried out by 19 AARI scientists. From spring to autumn, the composition of specialists traditionally expands to conduct glaciological, hydrological, geomorphological and other types of observations. During the warm season, several more research groups will join the expedition at the station.

The research station “Ice base “Cape Baranova”” is located at a latitude of 79°17′. This is the northernmost point in the general large-scale distributed observational network in the Arctic, which also includes the Russian Research Center on the Svalbard archipelago in the village of Barentsburg, the scientific observatory in the village of Tiksi, regular Arctic expeditions of the scientific expedition ships Akademik Fedorov and Akademik Tryoshnikov. Observational data from the ice base at Cape Baranova are promptly used in forecasting.

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