The new ice floe should be solid enough to keep the station floating until the scheduled date for pick-up, sometime in August-September, Vladimir Sokolv from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute told RIA Novosti.
Russia has had floating research stations in the Arctic since 1937. Only three times has a station had to be evacuated before schedule. The last time was in 2010, when the icebreaker “Rossiya” had to go out and rescue the people on the floating station “North Pole-37” already in May.
16 Russian scientists have lived on the ice floe since October 2011. They have been conducting oceanographic, glacial, meteorological, hydrographic and other types of observations while the research station floated along with the sea ice. The ice floe is now in the area 83°N 115°W. Since the beginning of the mission it has drifted 1117 kilometers.
Meanwhile, China is planning to put its first floating research station on an ice floe in the Artic this summer. It is planned to be operational from July to September and consist of scientists from China, France, Japan, Finland, South Korea and Iceland, RIA Novosti reports.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.