The Northern Fleet will be looking for new islands in the Arctic

Northern Fleet (NF) created Arctic oceanographic expeditions, which became the legal successor of the Northern Hydrographic Expedition, from 1924 till 2011. The research activities carried out in high-latitude regions of the Arctic. Told Tass on Friday, the press service of the Federation Council, due to the retreat of glaciers in the military investigators have new areas available for work, and experts do not rule out that in 2016 the Arctic will be made new discoveries. “Researchers have the right, in the first place to Franz Josef Land and the islands of the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, including in the areas where last year has opened new island,” - said the press service. In his first campaign mission will leave this summer. Also, the study will be held at the New Siberian Islands archipelago, the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Barents and Kara Seas. At the same time, priority will be given to areas of “white spots”, where the research has not yet been made. The expedition set up as part of the Navy Hydrographic Service for systematic studies of the Arctic Ocean and territories of the Russian Arctic islands. It is composed of both military and civilian personnel, including those working previously in Northern Hydrographic Expedition before its disbandment in 2011. Among them are geophysicists, hydrologists, surveyors, etc.. The peculiarity of the expedition will be restored that the work will be carried out hydrographic vessels in the Arctic expeditions of warships and auxiliary vessels SF. Organize stationary camp in the Arctic ice, as it was previously planned. Successful work of Soviet polar explorers within the Northern Hydrographic Expedition 1924-2011’s possible to create navigation charts, manuals and guides for navigation in Arctic seas. It was also established geomorphological picture of the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and its geophysical fields. It was possible to detect and describe more than 150 geographic objects, including one of the largest forms of bottom topography in the area of ​​the Gakkel Ridge - Mount Lenin Komsomol. 43 Open the object received the names of hydrographers and ships of the Northern Fleet. In total as a result of 29 to 24 high-latitude air and underwater expeditions Arctic basin has been studied in almost 85 percent of its total area. The study will take the remainder of the experts of the new Arctic oceanographic expedition of the Northern Fleet. First of all their work is aimed at obtaining information for maritime activities of the Russian Federation in the Arctic.

16 January 2016

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