Finnish-Russian Arctic research projects receive nearly €2m from Academy of Finland and RFBR

21 Dec 2017

The Academy of Finland and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) have decided on funding for five Finnish-Russian joint research projects in the field of Arctic research. The call, which was open in Autumn 2017, was part of the ARKTIKO Academy Programme of the Academy of Finland.

The aim of the funding distributed through the call is to support excellent, long-term and systematic research collaboration between Finland and Russia with a view to promoting the creation and strengthening of research networks between the two countries. All of the funded projects include research teams from both Finland and Russia. The Academy and the RFBR will fund only research that is carried out in their own country. The Academy of Finland’s funding totals 1.8 million euros, which will be allocated to Finnish teams. The funding period is three years.

The funded projects conduct research into, among other things, how the Arctic ecosystem and living organisms adapt to climate change and what kinds of coping strategies young people apply in industrial towns in the north. The projects supplement the ongoing ARKTIKO Academy Programme.

Examples of funded projects

Professor Christina Biasi (University of Eastern Finland) heads a research project that is investigating the emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), a strong greenhouse gas, in Arctic regions. Recent findings clearly point towards an Arctic N2O source at present and under future climates. Still, we are lacking any estimate on the circumarctic N2O budget. Biasi’s project aims to address this gap by establishing a long-term, circumarctic N2O monitoring network to systematically identify Arctic N2O sources and sinks. The focus will be on the vast landmasses of the Russian Arctic, where two of the most potent N2O sources have been identified. Most importantly, the project will shed light on whether N2O emissions from the Arctic provide an important non-carbon feedback to climate change.

Professor Florian Stammler (University of Lapland) and Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen (University of Helsinki) received funding for a project that will analyse the attractiveness of Arctic industrial cities as places to live and work, focusing on the determinants of youth wellbeing in Arctic industrial cities. The future and sustainability of Arctic city communities depend on how the young generation sees prospects for their own personal development there. The project aims to contribute to a broader theory of viable Arctic communities by combining approaches from anthropology, legal studies, geography and political economy. The researchers will also study how authorities, civil society and companies provide conditions for youth wellbeing, and how young people perceive these.

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