"Mukhrino" carbon measurements test area

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug
bogs, forests, lakes
1573,4 Ha
Test area operator
Yugra State University
Lapshina Elena Dmitrievna, D.Sc. (Biology), Director of the Scientific and Educational Center - UNESCO Chair "Environmental Dynamics and Global Climate Change"
+7 912 902-10-33


  • Yugra State University

Tecgnological partner

  • Ugra Research Institute of Information Technologies

Industrial partners

  • «Gaspromneft-Khantos» Ltd.;
  • «Salym Petroleum Developmen N.B.»;
  • JSC Samotlorneftegaz

Carbon measurements tests area

The area of the main area of the Mukhrino carbon landfill is 1573.4361 hectares, of which 83.1% of the total area of the forest area is occupied by non-forest lands:

  • bogs (1292,5816 Ha);
  • floodplain meadow (3,0129 Ha);
  • lake (8,8003 Ha);
  • streams (0,8649 Ha)

Forest lands occupy 16.9% of the total forest area, which are occupied by:

  • softwood forest (118,9774 Ha);
  • coniferous forest (146,7159 Ha).

The main type of landscape is a raised sphagnum bog.

Vegetation types

Forest vegetation occupies a small area and is represented by mixed dark coniferous-birch-aspen forests.

Meadow vegetation: floodplain meadow, sor.

Bog complexes are represented by ridge-lake and ridge-hollow.

Soils of the area.

Soils are automorphic with free internal drainage: podzols and podzolic soils.

Soils of low areas with difficult drainage are soddy-gley, peaty-gley, peat-gley.

Bog soils are peat (upland, transitional, lowland).

Alluvial soils: sod-stratified, meadow-bog, peat-bog.

Research tasks at the area.

Reserach tasks represented by several projects:

«Organization and maintenance of the laboratory of ecosystem-atmospheric relations of forest-bog complexes» led by Timo Vesala, PhD, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland (2020-2024).

The main goal of the project is to create scientific, infrastructural and educational potential as part of the West Siberian REC for the implementation of world-class scientific research in the field of studying the mechanisms of modern natural and climatic changes and putting their results into practice. As a result of the activities of the Laboratory, a continuous process of data accumulation and provision of information to both business and government bodies will be ensured for decision-making in the field of optimizing environmental management in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation “On the national goals and strategic objectives of the development of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024” and the developed State programs of the Russian Federation for its implementation, including “Ecology” and “Science”.

«INTERACT-III International network of ground research and monitoring in the Arctic «INTERACT» (2020-2023).

The project is aimed at developing cooperation between research hospitals to maintain high standards of science and innovation to solve scientific and social problems within the framework of the international consortium INTERACT through the implementation of joint research activities, transnational access, remote access, virtual access and interaction on the use of knowledge-intensive infrastructure for outside the Arctic. Attracting highly qualified researchers from Europe and around the world to work at Arctic research hospitals, providing technical support in the field of reducing the number of visits and expanding remote access to many hospitals, improving Internet access to these hospitals through a single access point.

«Development of recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the absorption capacity of natural greenhouse gas sinks in the southern part of the Priobskoye field of Gazpromneft-Khantos» (2021-2022).

Studies of the absorption capacity of greenhouse gases of natural and disturbed natural ecosystems in the field. Assessment of phytomass stock and productivity of the main types of ecosystems. Preparation of recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and optimizing environmental management in the LULUCF sector for subsoil users.

«The effect of temperature increase on Siberian peatlands - the effect of the effect on the chemical composition of soil organic matter» (2021-2022).

Experimental field and laboratory studies of the elemental and volumetric isotope composition of the litter of various plant species and peat, and assessment of the effect of temperature on the chemical composition and decomposition rate of plant residues.

Education and training

Masters programs will be developed and launched within the activities at the test area:

  • MSc «Sustainable Environmental Management in Oil & Gas Region»
  • «Carbon Management and Climate Change»

Also, continuing education programs will be developed:

  • "Carbon management and climate-related accounting"
  • "Carbon management"
  • Organization of work and management of technical equipment of the carbon measurements test area on the example of the international field hospital "Mukhrino"

Yearly summer schools will be held on climatic topics.

International integration

Joint research projects, summer schools for young scientists and graduate students, research internships at partner universities, joint scientific conferences and symposiums within a consortium will be held with foreign universities:

  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • University of Orléans (France)
  • Finnish Natural Resources Institute LUKE (Finland)

The scientific and educational school "International scientific integration of young experts" will be implemented within the framework of Russian-British cooperation.

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