Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

DOM RuArRussian Arctic area stretches over 9 time zones and nearly halfway around the world, shares borders with Norway and Finland in the West, and extends East through Siberia to the Bering Sea. The Chukotka Peninsula almost touches Alaska.

Russian Arctic is the territory of vast expanses of tundra and forest-tundra, islands featuring polar deserts and semi-desert terrain, mountains, lakes, streams and surrounding shelf seas. It’s the area of an abundance of wildlife with nearly every species of Arctic mammal, including Polar bears, Artic foxes, Greenland whales, Narwhals, Beluga whales, Atlantic walruses, Ringed seals, thousands of wild reindeers and about 1000 varieties of plants.Historical artifacts and monuments, the highest ethnic diversity are integral components of Russian Arctic.

Arctic plays a key role in the Russian economy. It is particularly noted for its mineral wealth but also plays a key role in shipping and transportation. The major and biggest northern routes lie in this part of Arctic - the Trans-Siberian Railway and the “Northern Sea Route”.

From a scientific perspective, Russian Arctic is one of the least studied regions in the North. Recent changes in sea ice cover, ecosystems, state of the permafrost and atmospheric conditions urge scientific community to make coordinated interdisciplinary and international efforts to understand a current state and to predict a future of the Russian Arctic.

This page was put together by Yulia Zaika and Alexey Pavlov

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