Life at TPU
The laboratory was established in 2014 with financial support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation as part of the research field in The Siberian Arctic Shelf as a Source of Greenhouse Gases of Planetary Significance: Quantifying Flows and Identifying Possible Environmental and Climatic Consequences.
The studies are headed by a leading scientist and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor I. P. Semiletov.
The project is aimed to study the functioning mechanisms of the Arctic climate system affected by global warming. The laboratory team identifies and studies the processes, responsible for the current and future emissions of major greenhouse gases, methane, and carbon dioxide from the Siberian Arctic shelf into the water column-atmosphere. It is assumed that the degradation of underwater and coastal permafrost leads to an imbalance in the carbon cycle, manifested in the involvement of ancient permafrost carbon in the modern biogeochemical cycle. It is assumed that the underwater and coastal permafrost degradation leads to an imbalance in the carbon cycle, which is manifested in the involvement of ancient permafrost carbon in the modern biogeochemical cycle.
In addition, the team carries out сomprehensive biogeochemical, geophysical and geological studies quantify the rate of permafrost degradation in the context of identifying geo-risks along the Northern Sea Route. The laboratory pays particular attention to the transformation of organic matter of terrestrial origin in the Arctic system of the land-shelf-atmosphere.
The laboratory prepares scientific reports, articles and other publications containing the results of scientific activities organizes and conducts national-wide and international scientific conferences, seminars, schools, etc. 2014-2019, over 100 papers, cited in the Web of Science, were published, including Nature Geosciences (2), Nature Communications (4), Science Advances (1), and PNAS (2).
Russian and international specialists, TPU young scientists, students, and graduate students are engaged in the laboratory research activity.