Conference in Yakutia on C/H2O/Energy balance and climate over the boreal and arctic regions
The conference on C/H2O/Energy balance and climate over the boreal and arctic regions with special emphasis on Eastern Eurasia was very well perceived this year in the Republic of Sacha (Yakutia).
Prof. Maximov, one of Schaepman-Strub's Siberian collaborators, said that he never had so much press at the conference as this year. Media were especially interested in the prediction of permafrost changes and biodiversity. Schaepman-Strub was interviewed by three TV stations on these topics. Interesting is that in Yakutia a t a potential law for permafrost protection is currently discussed in the parliament and they wanted to hear the scientists view on this. Yakutia is the largest Republic of the Russian Federation with respect to area (almost the size of India), but with a population of just less than 1 Mio people. People are concerned about permafrost degradation and biodiversity changes with climate change. For example, they lose important agricultural grounds due to permafrost degradation in central Yakutia. During the conference a major snow storm hit the East of Yakutia with 2-3m higher snow fall than usual, meaning a loss of many Yakutian horses.
In the course of the conference Gabriela Schaepman-Strub was honored by the head of the parliament with a silver medal for her contributions to the international scientific investigations on climate change in Eastern Eurasia.
The Faculty of Science congratulates Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub.