Opening Asia for Russia

Russia and Japan work together in the Arctic

22.08.2017 163 просмотров

Multilateral Russian-Japanese cooperation in the Arctic, from studying climate change to the implementation of specific energy projects, will be one of the topics of discussion at the Eastern Economic Forum in September in Vladivostok.

Among the private research tasks of Japanese scientists is the re-equipment of the ports of Hokkaido to increase their competitiveness during the period of navigation along the Northern Sea Route. And. about. Evgeny Pustovoit, Deputy Director for Development of the Oriental Institute—School of Regional and International Studies of the Far Eastern Federal University, Japanologist.

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But the primary interest of Japanese scientists is the study of climate change. It is in this area that most of the joint Russian-Japanese scientific projects in the Arctic are being implemented. Within the framework of the GAME-Siberia project, for example, mathematical modeling of climate change is taking place based on data collected by the Spasskaya Pad station in Yakutia, said Trofim Maksimov, director of the international scientific and educational center for biogeochemistry and climatology of NEFU.

There are several towers on Spasskaya Pad, equipped with equipment for collecting information about flows of water, energy, carbon at different heights. These data are needed to track the intake of carbon dioxide and the accumulation of greenhouse gases. On this basis, Japanese specialists can make long-term forecasts of climate change not only in the Arctic, but and in other regions of the world.

Scientists from Russia and Japan are also conducting a joint climate study at the Cape Baranova ice base, located on Bolshevik Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago.

"Together with Japanese colleagues we would like to study atmospheric processes over large areas. This interest is mutual, as the exchange of information will lead to a more accurate understanding of natural processes. The issue of interaction with Japanese colleagues is in discussion stage, clarity should come within the next month  , said Vladimir Sokolov, Head of the High-Latitude Arctic Expedition of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet.

The implementation of Arctic projects with the participation of Japanese investments and scientific technologies will open access for Russia to advanced environmental monitoring, shipbuilding, mining, and logistics, Yevgeny Pustovoit believes. In turn, Russia can share with Japan its extensive scientific and technological experience in the Arctic, the expert says.

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