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The new station. Photo by Martin Proksch smallThe Samoylov research station. Photo by Martin Proksch The Russian-German Research Station Samoylov is located on Samoylov Island in the Lena River Delta, Northeast Siberia (72º 22'N, 126º28'E), approximately 120 km south of the Arctic Ocean. 

The research emphasis is on understanding ecosystem-atmosphere interactions on various spatial and temporal scales. The main objectives are to study the community structure and dynamics of microbial populations involved in the methane cycle as well as the processes controlling the exchange fluxes of methane, carbon dioxide, and energy on scales ranging from the micro-site to the ecosystem- and meso-scale. The ultimate goal is the assessment and prediction of environmental changes in the Lena River Delta region.

Other important long-term studies focus on river hydrology, geomorphology, hydrobiology (e.g. zooplankton dynamics), and paleo-environmental reconstruction.

Die-StationThe old Samoylov Station. Photo by Julia Boike.The station was originally built as a logistics base for the Lena Delta Reserve and has been the base or starting point for numerous AWI expeditions since 1998. In 2005, AWI and the Lena Delta Reserve completed a four-room extension to the station, which now offers accommodation for at least 7 people in three double rooms and one single room. Additional accommodation is in tents.

Mean temperature in Samoylov in  January is -31.0°C and in July +8.9°C. The Russian-German Research Station Samoylov can be reached by helicopter from Tiksi (connected by air service to Moscow, Yakutsk, and St. Petersburg) in about 45 minutes and by river boat from Tiksi in about 12 hours.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Julia Boike at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Research Unit Potsdam , Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288 2119
Fax: +49 331 288 2137
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Field Trips:
  • Fall 2013
  • Benjamin Runkle from University of Hamburg described his work through YR blog which is available here.