Russian scientists will continue fundamental research of the Arctic seas despite the sanctions
Institute specialists, together with other Russian organizations, will continue to explore the seas and oceans on scientific ships under sanctions. At the same time, the periods of autonomous work of crews without calling at ports and the possibility of staying in the economic zones of other states will become key factors in organizing long-term expeditions.
This year, Russian researchers in the Arctic will study the features of climatic processes, biological productivity, and the fluxes of matter, primarily carbon, in marine ecosystems. In addition, scientists intend to obtain new data on the oil and gas potential of the Russian continental shelf in the Arctic.
In addition, research will continue on containers with radioactive waste buried in Soviet times at the bottom of the Kara Sea. Together with scientists from the Kurchatov Institute, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and several other organizations, it is planned to clarify the parameters of "accumulated environmental risks" in this area.
The Institute of Oceanology also intends to organize several expeditions to the Baltic Sea in 2023 to study climatic and anthropogenic processes in the water area and assess the impact of new invasive species on the ecosystem.
A new University of Alaska report aims to help state leaders craft energy policies as the Arctic changes
The second section, on Alaska’s Arctic energy systems, discusses the way energy is used in Alaska, including potential for modernization and integration of renewables. The third section discusses the need for infrastructure that is resilient to climate change, which is happening faster in Alaska and the Arctic than in almost every other place in the world. That section mentions the disastrous impacts in Alaska last fall of Typhoon Merbok as one recent event that shows the need for climate-adapted infrastructure.