June 23, 2016
Expedition visits Cape Kartesh
Polar expedition Kartesh project participants visited the White Sea Biological station of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zoological Institute on Cape Kartesh. The biostation director Alexey Sukhotin and the station employees gave us a tour around the station; we visited laboratories, apartment blocks, a museum and a library. Our project researchers discussed feasible collaboration between our organizations in 2017, selected topics of joint research that will be executed on board the R/V Kartesh.
The biostation on Cape Kartesh is one of the oldest in Russia. It is one of the four world biological stations to continuously execute a multi-parameter marine monitoring conducted every ten days for the last seventy years. Such research work provides unique data for understanding of the global climate, sea and ecosystem changes. The station fits perfectly to the surrounding landscape, the buildings are located on the cliffy coast on the various levels and are connected via wooden bridges and planks.
The R/V Kartesh served the station for a large number of years; Yan Stelmakh was her captain back then.
Photos by courtesy of Vladimir Vaskin.