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Goals and tasks of work of the drifting research station “North Pole-38”

Main goals and tasks of work of the drifting station “North Pole-38” are the following:

• To continue and develop the hydrometeorological and ecological monitoring of the central area of the Arctic basin, which is of interest of World Meteorological Organization;
• To carry out a complex of field research, which are necessary to improve the methods of hydrometeorological support of economic and research activity in the Arctic region;
• To investigate the features of environment processes caused by global and regional climate change or influencing the global and regional climate change.

Main work tasks of the drifting station “North Pole-38” are the following:

• to implement a program of standard meteorological, solar radiation observations and atmosphere sounding;
• to carry out a complex ecological monitoring of sea environment components;
• to investigate the thermodynamic processes and evolution of morphometric characteristics of sea ice cover;
• to define thermohaline and hydrochemical properties of water mass in the region of station drift, to measure current speed at different horizons;
• to estimate the seasonal variability of carbonate system components in surface mixed ocean layer and near surface atmosphere layer;
• to carry out the hydrobiological research;
• to carry out the hydrographic research including profiling of sediment layer in the region of station drift;
• experimental use of unmanned aircraft for:
- aero-meteorological research,
- estimation of mesoscale dynamics and mophometric characteristics of ice cover,
- ice reconnaissance during air-transport operations.
Icebreaker picks up scientists after eleven months on ice floe

A Russian nuclear powered icebreaker sets out from Murmansk later this week to pick up scientists and equipment from a floating research station in the Arctic.
The floating research station “North Pole 38” has been drifting eastwards from the Wrangel Island area since October 2010, and is now about to be replaced. The icebreaker “Rossiya” sets out from Murmansk on Friday to pick up the 16 scientists and all their equipment and gear.
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Russian icebreaker helps set up new drifting polar station

A Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker has arrived in the Arctic to help Russian polar explorers set up a new drifting station, RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
The Rossiya icebreaker arrived on Saturday at the location of the current SP-38 polar station, where the scientists are dismantling equipment and preparing their mobile polar huts for a transfer to a new drifting station.
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Russia's new floating station starts work in Arctic

A new Russian manned drifting weather station started operating in the Arctic Ocean on Saturday.
The Severny Polyus-39 (SP-39) floating station officially began its work after a ceremony to hoist the Russian flag on Saturday afternoon. The station has already sent its first weather report.
SP-39 has a crew of 16 specialists, including marine and ice scientists, hydrologists and meteorologists.
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October 15 2010
- he crew of the North Pole 38 drifting research station hoisted the Russian flag at 9:30 a.m. Moscow time on Friday, a source at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Hydro-Meteorological Service told.
The first weather report from the drifting ice block was transmitted on Thursday.
The deployment of the North Pole 38 drifting research station began from the Rossiya nuclear-powered icebreaker on October 15. The ice block for North Pole 38 was selected on Monday, chief engineer of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Hydro-Meteorological Service Arkady Soshnikov told.
The ice block is drifting at 76 degrees North 175 degrees West. The air temperatures are around minus 6-9 degrees Centigrade.
“A helicopter carried about 300 tonnes of cargo to the ice block. These include 20 prefabs, two tractors, snow tractors, scientific equipment, diesel fuel and food for 15 polar explorers, whose mission will last for about a year,” the engineer said.

15 persons are involved in the station:

1. Petrovskiy Tomash - head
2. Kharitonov Victor - deputy-head science
3. Ovchinnikov Sergey - leading aerologist
4. Kuznetsov Nikita - leading engineer
5. Zinoviev Nikita - leading engineer-meterologist
6. Bobkov Iliya - meterologist
7. Balakin Andrey - oceanographer
8. Grebennikov Aleksey - radio-operator
9. Panov Leonid - leading glaciologist
10. Koptu Sergey - hydrographer
11. Chernyaev Sergey - chief mechanical engineer
12. Burmistrov Vladimir - mechanical engineer
13. Lyz' Nikolaiy - mechanical engineer
14. Mit'kovets Dmitriy - cook
15. Romashin Sergey - doctor


Map of expedition "Arktika-2010" (by AARI)
Map of expedition "Arktika-2011" (by AARI)
Map of NP-36, NP-37, NP-38
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