The vast land areas and adjacent seas of Northwest Russia are key regions for the investigation of climate change and human impacts in the Arctic. Recognizing the importance of Russia to the circumpolar Arctic, Akvaplan-niva has continuously engaged in collaborative, multi-disciplinary, research projects with colleagues from Russia. Our scientists cooperate with Russian colleagues on Arctic ecology, climate change, and the impacts of industrialization and resource exploitation on human health and the environment.
We are a leading international authority on the environment of Northwest Russia with a track record of over 25 years of research collaboration with Russia’s premier research institutes and universities.
Akvaplan-niva scientists have a long track record of success with Russian colleagues in obtaining collaborative research activities through competitive research programs such as through the Norwegian Research Council and the European Union. When designing research projects, we draw from our hands on experience of the unique challenges of conducting joint research activities in Russia. Relying on our extensive network of Russian collaborators, we are able to assemble multi-disciplinary project teams of the highest scientific quality. Gaining access to and working in remote areas is often challenging in Russia. We achieve results by utilizing our long-standing connections with Russian partners.
Knowing where to obtain accurate and reproducible analytical results is a critical pre-requisite for environmental research. Many environmental samples may not be exported making it essential to have access to qualified analytical laboratories in Russia. Akvaplan-niva has worked extensively with Russian analytical laboratories toward capacity building and harmonizing methods and procedures through the introduction of international testing and quality assurance programs.
The involvement of Russian students and young scientists in projects is an integral part of Akvaplan-niva’s research collaboration activities with Russia. Akvaplan-niva has supported the training and education of many young Russian scientists in western scientific methods and the publication of their research results in international scientific journals.
Research projects have been carried out in the Russian sector of the Barents Sea, the fjords and estuaries along the coast of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josephs Land, the Kara, White, Azov and Black seas, and the lakes and rivers of Northwest Russia. Our collaborative projects span across all our key areas of our research expertise in ecotoxicology, climate and ecosystems, biodiversity, petroleum and environment, and physical oceanography.