Workgroup on SIRS developments Introductory remarks Key issues: Organizational status/structure - Gerard Begni Scientific background and challenges SIRS and ESS-P Programs Funding sources.

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Workgroup on SIRS
developments
Introductory remarks
Key issues:
Organizational status/structure - Gerard Begni
Scientific background and challenges
SIRS and ESS-P Programs
Funding sources
Siberian Branch of National Committee on
INTERNATIONAL GEOSPHERE-BIOSPHERE PROGRAMME
Creation of Siberian branch of IGBP National Committee – first practical action of
SB RAS to development of Integrated Regional Study of Siberian Environment in the
spirit of 2 stage of IGBP and Earth System Science Partnership.
Siberian branch of IGBP National Committee is structured according to five lines of
a work:
Biological – ac. Е.А. Vaganov (biosphere research coordination);
Climatic and Ecological – RAS corresponding member М.V. Kabanov
(coordination of research of modern natural and climatic changes);
Paleoclimatic – ac. М.I. Kuz’min (coordination of Siberian paleoclimate study);
Permafrost – ac. V.P. Mel’nikov (coordination of Siberian cryolyosphere study);
Informational infrastructure – prof. E.P. Gordov (organization of informational
support for environmental research, data storage and access)
Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems SB RAS and Siberian
Center for Environmental Research and Training are responsible for organizational
support of SB National Committee action (web-site, database, etc.).
SB Committee Bureau
Evgeny A. Vaganov
RAS, Krasnoyarsk
Academician, Chairman, Director of Institute of Forest SB
Mikhail I. Kuz’min
Academician, Chairman of Irkutsk Scientific center SB RAS,
Irkutsk (coordination of Siberian paleoclimate study)
Vladimir P. Mel’nikov
Academician, Chairman of Tyumen Scientific Center SB
RAS, Tyumen, (coordination of Siberian cryolithosphere study)
Mikhail V. Kabanov
RAS corresponding member, Vice-chairman, Director of
Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems SB RAS,Tomsk (coordination
of research of modern natural and climatic changes)
Alexander A. Onuchin
Dr.Sci., Vice-chairman, Vice-director of Institute of Forest SB
RAS, Krasnoyarsk (biosphere research coordination)
Evgueni P. Gordov
Dr.Sci., Vice-chairman, Director of Siberian Center for
Environmental Research and Training, Tomsk, (Administrative activity, contacts with
IGBP, organization of informational support for environmental research, data storage
and access)
Committee
Andrey G. Degermendzi
Biophysics SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk
RAS corresponding member, Director of Institute of
Vadim I. Evsikov
RAS corresponding member, Director of Institute of
Systematic and Animal Ecology SB RAS, Novosibirsk
Vladimir V. Zuev
RAS corresponding member, Director of
International Research Center on Environmental Physics and Ecology SB RAS, Tomsk,
Vasily N. Lykossov
RAS corresponding member, Main researcher of
Institute of Numerical Mathematics RAS, Moscow
Valerian A. Snytko
Geography SB RAS, Irkutsk
RAS corresponding member, Director of Institute of
Arnold K. Tulokhonov
RAS corresponding member, Director of Baikal
Institute of Nature Management SB RAS, Ulan-Ude
Yury I. Vinokurov
Dr.Sci., Director of Institute of Water and
Environmental Problems SB RAS,Barnaul
Nikolai A. Kolchanov
RAS corresponding member, Vice-director of
Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, Novosibirsk
Vladimir N. Krupchatnikoff
Dr.Sci., leading researcher of Institute of
Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk
Vladimir A. Krutikov
Dr.Sci., Vice-director of Institute of Monitoring of
Climatic and Ecological Systems SB RAS, Tomsk
Mikhail V. Panchenko
Dr.Sci., Department director of Institute of
Atmospheric Optics SB RAS, Tomsk
Aleksey B. Ptitsyn
Dr.Sci., Director of Institute of Natural Resources,
Ecology and Cryology SB RAS,, Chita
Associated Committee Members
Gerard Begni
Dr., Director of MEDIAS FRANCE, France
Martin Heimann
Biogeochemistry, Germany
Professor, Director of Max-Planck-Institute for
Detlef Schulze
Germany
Professor, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry,
Anatoly S. Shvidenko
Dr.Sci., Senior Researcher of Forestry Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria and main researcher
of Institute of Forest SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk
The following issues are to be fully addressed by SIRS:
• What are the main features of the regional Siberian climate changes (overall trends,
sub-regional trends and anomalies, interactions between ecosystem, atmosphere, and
human dynamics, etc.)?
• What are the regional “drivers” of these changes?
• How are they linked to the global climate change features? In turn, how do they impact
them?
• In particular, what are the teleconnections with surrounding sub-regions and regions
such as central Asia, Aral Sea basin, Mongolia, Arctic polar area…?
• How can sub-regional and regional modeling be led and nested into more global
models?
• Can regional scenarios be developed in line with IPCC scenarios? What are the results
of such scenarios?
• What are the anticipated physical, biological and socio-economic impacts of global
change according to each scenario?
• Are relevant socio-ecological models available and validated to deal with these
phenomena from such a point of view? Do satisfactory links between physical and socioeconomical scientists addressing such issues exist?
• Are there actions that could be done to slow down the sources of adverse climate
changes? At what cost?
• Which actions should be undertaken to mitigate adverse impact of climate change? At
what cost?
According SB of the Russian National IGBP Committee on the
initial stage SIRS might be centred along the three following
activities:
Study of greenhouse gases and aerosol exchange between biota and atmosphere
(Co-ordinator Evgeny Vaganov, regional core group includes Slava Kharuk, Nikolai
Kolchanov, Vadimir Krupchatnikov, Konstantin Kutsenogii and Alexander Onuchin)
Regional climate change impact monitoring and modelling (Co-ordinators Mikhael
Kabanov and Vasily Lykosov, regional core group includes Vladimir Krutikov, Viktor
Kuzin, Vladimir Penenko, Gdaly Rivin, Vladimir Shaidurov, Valerian Snytko, Yurii
Vinokurov, Arnold Tulokhonov)
Development of information-computational infrastructure of SIRS (Co-ordinator
Evgueni Gordov, regional core group includes: Igor Bychkov, Alexander Fazliev, Anatoly
Fedotov, Anatoly Lagutin, Vladimir Penenko and Alexander Starchenko)
As result of the WG we hope to define more precisely a preliminary plan to lead an
Integrated Regional Study about the unique features of Climate Change in Siberia, its
local and regional impacts, and its interactions with other regions.
Also we hope that a strong signal showing that regional scientific community enforced by
strong international links is quite ready and eager to work within the framework of ESSP, since it could be one of its IRS will be generated
and heard by the relevant scientific managers of International Programs to involve them
into paving the way to building SIRS welfare step by step in line with the international
programmes!
SIRS and ESS-P Programs
… the GCP remains very interested and would like to support and endorse of any
development such an integrated study of the region. Of course, our interest is
mostly at the carbon-climate feedbacks which includes forest fires, permafrost
thawing, and peatland dynamics, all critical components of the regional and
global carbon budget.
I would appreciate if you keep me informed and the GCP will certainly be
interested in learning about the developments and providing any support that we
may be available to provide in terms of the larger picture of the carbon cycle…
Josep Canadell (Pep)
Executive Director
Global Carbon Project
Earth System Science Partnership
…I would like to participate in the SIRS Workgroup. It is pity that I cannot travel at
this time…
Dennis Ojima
(Organizer of Global Land Cover Program of Earth System Science Partnership)
…I am very pleased to know that you and your colleagues are planning an
Integrated Regional Study that is focusing at that part of the world. It is, for IGBP
and more generally for ESSP, a very important initiative…
Guy Brasseur,
IGBP

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