In May 2014 Siberian Federal University became a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) with over 170 member institutions and scientific organizations in Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the USA, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and non-Arctic countries. UArctic membership promotes collaboration among UArctic members in norther research via Thematic Networks to enhance northern research and science cooperation, improve opportunities for students to be integrated into framework for development of UArctic education and research which provides an optimal structure for increasing the knowledge generation and sharing across the North by means of educational programmes of the partner universities within the “North2North” Student exchange programme.
In 2015 SibFU became a partner of the Russian Geographic Society in the projects “Barneo Expedition” and ‘Duglas’ land lease plane evacuation from Taymyr crash scene”. University faculty and students got an opportunity to visit the Arctic drifting ice station, located a hundred kilometers from the North Pole.
In 2013 SibFU Academic Council under the auspices of the Russian Geographic Society decided to open Department of Geography. Now SibFU and Russian Geographic Society take joint expeditions, including the Extreme North territories.
SibFU endeavours an integrated approach to the Arctic region exploration. Main fields of study:
In 2014 the Agreement on formation of Arctic Union Regions of Russia which comprised 8 subjects of the Russian Federation including Krasnoyarsk Territory was signed. Additionally the agreement about joint programme of the Northern and Arctic territories exploration between Russian Geographic Society and Krasnoyarsk Territory was signed.
Polar Commission of Krasnoyarsk Territory has been established by the order of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor in the frame of 12th Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.
Exploration and development of the Arctic has been one of the key areas of Krasnoyarsk territory development as the Arctic zone makes up a considerable part of the territory. The Arctic zone occupies about 3.1 million square kilometres. The Russian Federation continental shelf in the Arctic zone occupies over 4 million square kilometres (i.e. about 70 % of the RF continental shelf). About 80 % of gas, over 90 % of nickel and cobalt, 60 % of copper, 96 % of platinum group elements, and almost 100 % of barite of all minerals in Russia have been extracted in the Arctic zone. The Russian sector presents about one third of the entire Arctic zone, and the contribution of the Russian Arctic to global ecosystem balance maintenance is estimated at 12% which exceeds the joint contribution of all Arctic countries. However, exploration maturity of the territory’s most important mineral deposits and energy sources, hydrocarbons in particular, is extremely insufficient.
40 % of the Krasnoyarsk Territory lies in the Arctic zone. The northernmost continental point is located directly within the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The Russian and international polar aviation started up here. It is the very area where the majority of national profit - generating industries has been operating in severe northern conditions, annually bringing billions of roubles to the national budget. Consequently, the Krasnoyarsk Territory has accumulated more solid and hands-on experience in exploration of these territories than anyone else.
The priority growth areas for the RF Arctic zone are as follows:
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