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International Expert Group summed up the results of comprehensive research and monitoring of above-water and underwater environmental safety in the waters of the Northern Sea Route in 2022-2023

ST. PETERSBURG, June 23, 2023 – An international expert group consisting of 20 representatives of Russian and foreign research centers, including those from Malaysia, India and Turkey, recently highlighted the need for continued international cooperation in the development of the Northern Sea Route monitoring system.

On June 13, the final online meeting of the International Expert Group (IEG) was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center, dedicated to discussing the results of the second phase of the project to develop a comprehensive program for monitoring the state of the environment and biodiversity in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.

The results of comprehensive studies in the waters of the Northern Sea Route, conducted from September 2022 to June 2023, and the final report – Integrated environmental monitoring program for the Northern Sea Route were presented by Alexander Shestakov, Ph.D., expert of the Scientific Research and Development Directorate of Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center.

During the discussion of the results of the project the members of the IEG noted the scale and detail of the plan of complex monitoring, which is especially important for such a large-scale region as the Arctic.

Dr. Mohamed Said, Professor at the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries of Alexandria, Egypt, praised the level of data and parameters chosen to form the Integrated Program, while emphasizing “the need to use modeling when observing sea currents and sea water movements.

Meanwhile, Dr. Idris Izwandi, Head of the South China Marine Repository and Reference Center at the Institute of Oceanography and Environment, University of Malaysia, noted, “For some parameters, the frequency of monitoring can be adjusted based on the initial results. Also, for biotic components, in some cases it is not necessary to isolate them to the species level. Nevertheless, special attention should be paid to specific species, especially those sensitive to disturbance of navigation”.

Also presenting the results were coordinator of the IEG, Maria Pogozheva, Ph.D., Head of the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory of the N.N. Zubov State Oceanographic Institute, and Maria Gavrilo, Ph.D., leading researcher of the Arctic Shelf Laboratory of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

The Northern Sea Route in the Arctic is a transport route, which is a significant element of the sustainable international logistics. More than 38% of sea traffic passes through it, which makes it the shortest sea route between the Asia-Pacific region and northern Europe. By reducing distance and travel time, it reduces fuel consumption and the carbon footprint of maritime transport.–THE MALAYA POST

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