Supporting the unique 70-year-long environmental monitoring program on Lake Baikal – ‘Point No1’ (a project by the Scientific Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University)
05 December 2016
December 5, 2016 — indefinitely
The Foundation supports one of the key projects at the Scientific Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University, a long-term ecological monitoring program on Lake Baikal entitled ‘Tochka No1’ (Point No1).
The project has been put on the Guinness Book of World Records as the most longstanding regular environmental monitoring project in the history of science: the project has been conducted without interruptions for over 70 years. The monitoring program was launched by world famous researcher of the Lake Professor Mikhail Kozhov in February 1945. The survey implies taking samples of phyto- and zooplankton, measuring the pelagic zone (the water column). All data are recorded in a unique database that represents an array of valuable information for the scientific community. Monitoring data is also included in the annual state report “The State of Lake Baikal and Measures for its Protection” issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation.
Despite the fact that the major part of the Lake Baikal environmental monitoring is carried out by authorized state bodies, historically, they were the experts of Scientific Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University who made sophisticated analysis of species composition of phyto- and zooplankton. Over five million records have been accumulated reflecting the weekly condition of the Lake Baikal pelagial ecosystem throughout seven decades.
Following the reassignment of state allocations for science in favor of short-term competitive projects, ‘Point No1’ was on the verge of closing due to underfunding. The Foundation provided project with financial assistance, to prevent the risk of its closure the following year. Fundraising activities plan for the coming years has been evolved.
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