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Expedition to Gydan Peninsula to study health of nomadic populace and reindeer breeding
© RIA Novosti. Oleg Pashuk

Expedition to Gydan Peninsula to study health of nomadic populace and reindeer breeding

A team of researchers from the Arctic Research Center, the Tyumen State University and the Science and Innovations Department of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region will study reindeer breeding problems and ways to improve grazing land productivity, as well as the health and social wellbeing of the population of the Tazovsky District during an expedition to the Gydan Peninsula. This has come from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area's government website.

"The expedition will travel along the most frequently used reindeer herding routes in the Tazov, Nakhodka, Messoyakha, Antipayuta, Tanama and Gyudan tundras. This format opens up a new chapter in year-round field research in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. This is what Andrei Lobanov, Doctor of Medical Sciences and Deputy Director of the Arctic Research Center said.

Soil and botanic research will be performed, during which the state of the lichen layer, vascular plants and shrubs and the geochemical structure of herding areas will be estimated. The scientists are planning to devise methods that would allow reindeer breeders to assess the state of grazing lands for the winter season, calculate their productivity and forecast the risks of overgrazing.