Mukhrino field station of Yugra State University - Russian Federation

Basic Information

Site Name: 

Mukhrino field station of Yugra State University

Country (Site Location): 

Russian Federation

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General Site Description: 

Mukhrino Field Station is owned and run by the UNESCO Chair on Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change at the Yugra State University, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The Mukhrino Field Station is located at the east bank of the Irtysh River near the confluence with the Ob River in the central taiga area of Western Siberia (60°54’ N, 68°42’ E), 30 km south-west of the town of Khanty-Mansiysk (60 000 inhabitants). Due to the severe continental climate, the environmental conditions in the region are comparable with the sub-arctic zone of Northern Europe. The research site is representative for the Western Siberian pristine carbon accumulating peatland ecosystem (“plain mires”). The mires cover c. 60 % of the land surface and can be regarded as important sources/sinks of greenhouse gases and aerosols. The main mire type of the site is raised bogs of the type Pine-dwarf shrubs-bogs (Ryam) characterized by pine trees, Ledum palustre and dwarf shrubs, with areas of Sphagnum fuscum. Interspersed are mires of the type Poor fens (partly drained in the summer) dominated by Carex lasiocarpa and other graminoids, and Sphagnum balticum. Also ridge-hollow complexes, consisting of bog ridges and poor fen hollows are present.

General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Site Established: 

2009

Size : 

5.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

The Mukhrino Field Station was primarily established for studies of the biodiversity (fauna, vegetation, mycology) and hydrology of the mire ecosystems, of the carbon storage in the peat layers, and for measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes to and from the pristine peatland complex, located next to the field station. The station is also used for analyses of Climate Change effects in peatland ecosystems and carbon balance, and the spatial comparison of key areas in S-N transects (57-67° N) as an analogue for Climate Change over time. The station houses specialists in vegetation science, remote sensing, mycology, hydrology, and greenhouse gas emission measurements. The Mukhrino Field Station welcomes foreign and national guests for collaboration, research and educational purposes.

History of Site: 

Since 2009 MFS hosted about 550 visitors (including 290 foreing ) from 18 countries coming for research, education or scientific excursion. In 2011 the MFS became a member of the International EU-project consortium “International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic: INTERACT”. Twenty research stations including MFS offered EU Transnational Access in 2011-2014. MFS is one of the most popular and asked-for field stations in the INTERACT Network after Abisko (Sweden) and Zackenberg (Greenland) in terms of total number of visiting groups of researchers (19) and used person days (about 700 during 2012-2014). The data base for open access is currently under development. More than 50 scientific publications based on the research conducted at MFS have been published.

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Photos
  • The micro-meteorological complex in the bog including Eddy Covariance tower and automatic weather station
    The micro-meteorological complex in the bog including Eddy Covariance tower and automatic weather station
  • The Eddy covariance system installation in spring 2015 in the bog
    The Eddy covariance system installation in spring 2015 in the bog
  • A satelline Internet plate located in the bog to provide Internet connection to research area and the living house
    A satelline Internet plate located in the bog to provide Internet connection to research area and the living house
  • An alternatice energy supply of the experimental area for manipulation of climate in the bog
    An alternatice energy supply of the experimental area for manipulation of climate in the bog
  • An automatic chamber of measuring of carbon dioxide fluxes in the bog
    An automatic chamber of measuring of carbon dioxide fluxes in the bog
  • Experimental climate manupulation site in the bog using Open top chambers and change of hydrological regime
    Experimental climate manupulation site in the bog using Open top chambers and change of hydrological regime
  • Manual chambers measuring methan emission from bog soils
    Manual chambers measuring methan emission from bog soils
  • Measurements of Sphagnum growth rate
    Measurements of Sphagnum growth rate
  • Construction of experimental climate manipulation site in the bog
    Construction of experimental climate manipulation site in the bog
  • The alternative power system is located in the bog (solar panels and wind generator) to provide energy to the research are and the living house
    The alternative power system is located in the bog (solar panels and wind generator) to provide energy to the research are and the living house
  • The participants of West Siberian Peatlands and Climate Change symposium - 2014 nearby Mukhrino station house
    The participants of West Siberian Peatlands and Climate Change symposium - 2014 nearby Mukhrino station house
Geographic

Coordinates: 

Latitude: 60.889100000000
Longitude: 68.702000000000