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P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (SIO-RAS)

P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SIO RAS) is the oldest and the largest Russian research centre in the field of oceanology. The Institute was established in 1946.Its  main objectives lie in a complex study of the World Ocean and the Russian seas based on the idea of entirety of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes observed in them, laying scientific foundations for forecasting the Earth’s climate variability, rational use of marine resources and safeguarding ecological security in the interests of stable development of mankind. Today, SIO-RAS is an ensemble of 1,300 employees of various disciplines. It affiliates the Atlantic Department in Kaliningrad, the Southern Department in Gelendjik, a branch in St.-Petersburg, the North-Western Department in Arkhangelsk and the Caspian branch in Astrakhan (www.ocean.ru/eng/).

The Polar oceanography group of SIO RAS was established in 2004 to concentrate IPY related activity of institute. Group members participate annually in marine field experiments in Arctic and Antarctic on drifting ice and ships. Arctic data archaeology activity is one of the group’s tasks as well.

Tasks attributed: Reconstruction of the position of the ice margin and water characteristics within the Barents Sea for the period of first Arctic warming 1920-1940 on a base of information containing in numerous of old Russian reports, papers and books; comparison of physical maritime parameters first and modern Arctic warming.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Sergey Pisarev, head of polar oceanography group, expertise - large-and meso scale oceanographic process in the Arctic Ocean, short-period variations of the Ocean Climate in the Arctic, multidisciplinary oceanographic measurements from the ships and ice platforms, oceanographic data processing.

The Ocean Noise  laboratory of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SIO RAS) has been founded in 1978 by academician L. Brekhovskikh. Early models of Autonomous Bottom Buoys have been designed and manufactured by request of the USSR Navy and served for their scientific researches. Today experimental researches of the laboratory are related mainly to academic tasks and ecological monitoring of noise in ocean.


Tasks attributed: Modeling of the noise propagation in shallow water of Arctic environment. Estimation of acoustic impact on marine mammals from ships traffic, pulse signals of seismic survey, and industrial noise at offshore oil/gas platform construction and exploitation