Russian Carbon Polygons: PEEX – collaboration meeting of University of Tyumen & UHEL-INAR

On 22 April 2021, the University of Helsinki (UHEL) and University of Tyumen (UTMN) joint collaboration online meeting took place. The UTMN is actively involved into joint activities of the PEEX (Pan-Eurasian EXperiment) programme led by UHEL, the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth  System Research (INAR), and in particular, within frameworks of the Finnish-Russian research project “Mechanisms, pathways and patchiness of the Arctic ecosystem responses and adaptation to changing climate: ClimEco” (funded by the Academy of Finland).

The latest Russian Federation initiative is focused on establishing a system of polygons (so-called the “carbon polygons”) to measure anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation is launching a pilot project to create test sites for development and testing of technologies for monitoring carbon balance. Such test sites will appear in Russia in the coming year, and these will be established on territories of the Chechen Republic, the Krasnodar Krai, the Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, Sakhalin, Sverdlovsk and Tyumen Regions. For the Tyumen region, the UTMN will join – in collaboration with several research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, international academic institutions, and industrial partners – the Polygon of the West-Siberian Regional Science-Education Center.

During online meeting, topics of joint collaboration were discussed, and in particular, linking to Global-SMEAR and ACCC Flagship activities. Joint elaboration of top-level research initiatives as part of the Russian Carbon Polygon & PEEX programmes activities is a direct way to strengthen PEEX collaboration between partners with inter-linking to the PEEX Science Plan scientific questions.

Concerning science education aspects, the participants discussed: UTMN and UHEL educational activities (PhD/MSc programmes, trainings, schools, Climate University at UHEL); analyzing possibilities for UTMN-UHEL double MSc/PhD diploma/ programme in atmospheric and aerosol sciences with joint co-supervision of students; including UTMN into the list of Mobility Partners Universities at UHEL; considering signing UTMN & UHEL/ Faculty of Science bilateral agreement.

For young researchers and students the following topics were discussed: development of students research projects linked to PEEX Science Plan & Carbon Polygon activities; possibilities to invite UTMN students to UHEL-INAR courses arranged at SMEAR-II station (Hyytiala, Finland), research training intensive courses  (linked to multi-scale and –processes modelling, observations, and assessment), the Erasmus+ ClimEd trainings on climate related  issues & MODEST trainings on PhD courses (on research, teaching and learning, cooperation) and Doctoral Training Centers; as well as invite to apply for ACTRIS Calls to visit and do research at the SMEAR-II station in Finland.

The interest of UTMN is to utilize various modelling tools (used at UHEL-INAR) as part of the Carbon Polygon studies in the Tyumen Region. The UTMN was invited to join the Enviro-PEEX(Plus) on ECWMF HPC project as well as use the Enviro-HIRLAM modelling system (UTMN has already experience based on the ClimECo project) in joint studies to be realized in coming years.

The UTMN is planning to update the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PEEX to strengthen collaboration, and the Finnish side will explore possibilities of UTMN visit to the University of Helsinki and the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research including the SMEAR-II & III stations.

Text by Dr. Alexander Mahura, UHEL-INAR & Dr. Dmitrii Gabyshev, UTMN

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