WELCOME TO Field Methods Seminar


We are pleased to provide report of summer event took place at 18-29 of September, 2016
You are welcome to apply to the next events

About us

Dr. Irina Fedorova

Terrestrial Hydrology

Dr. Birgit Heim

Carbon Cycle

Dr. Grigory Fedorov


Dr. Sebastian Zubrzycki

Soil Science

Dr. Elena Dobrotina




Dr. Nikita Bobrov


M.Sc. Andrey Novikhin


Dr. Svetlana Evgrafova

Microbial ecology

Dr. Torsten Sachs

Remote Sensing

Our Expertise

Terrestrial Hydrology

Theoretical knowledge and experience of hydrological field work in Polar Regions. Skills of hydrological measurements on different water objects (lake, river and swamp) during summer and winter (measurement from an ice, snow etc.).

Soil Science

The field methods of soil ecosystems services investigation will be discussed in field with demonstration of portable equipment for fact soil investigation. The peculiarities of soil profile in winter condition will be discussed as well.


Physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis. Skills of georadar survey. Using of geophysical methods in glaciology, hydrology and paleogeography.

Carbon cycle

Experience and theoretical knowledge about some elements of carbon cycle processes in Polar Regions. The skills of field work in the polar environment and measurement elements of the carbon cycle. Methods for colored dissolved organic matter cDOM (proxy for dissolved organic carbon).


Theoretical knowledge of specificity of water object chemical characteristics in Polar Regions. The skills of sampling and hydrochemical analytical analysis - methods of express analysis (multiparameter probe and sensors) and wet chemistry.


Theoretical knowledge and specificity of oceanographic measurements in Polar seas. Skills of water profiling with oceanographic probe and water/sediment sampling.

Meteorology and Actinometry

Theoretical knowledge of specificity of meteorological measurements in Polar Regions. Skills of automatic meteorological station, organization of station of actinometrical and radiation measurements.

Paleogeography and paleolimnology

Theoretical knowledge of lithological description an laboratory analysis of lake sediment cores. Skill of lake sediment and peat coring. Using of isotopic methods in paleogeography.

Microbial ecology

Microbes in permafrost-affected soils and their interaction with each other and environment. Theoretical knowledge about methane-driving processes in cryosols. Skills of green-house gases sampling and measuring using chamber methods.


Understanding the permafrost built-up in polar landscapes. It involves the documentation of the ground ice fabric (e.g. pore ice, massive ice) and changes of the dissolved components in the ground ice.


Introduction to the Eddy Covariance Method and its application for measuring surface-atmosphere exchange of heat, water vapor, and greenhouse gases. Airborne eddy covariance for the regional investigation of spatial patterns and mesoscale processes (e.g. using aircraft or UAVs)

     Summer school: Field research methods on elements of the carbon cycle in Polar Regions

This topic is important for current environmental sciences. There are different scientific projects focused in this underestimated project thematic, CarboPerm for example. During the project realization the Russian-German scientific team has received a huge field experience and theoretical knowledge about many aspects of carbon cycle processes in Polar Regions. Involving of young scientists (students, Masters, PhD) for improving the basic research is one of the main goals of each project.

In summer 2015 a summer school-seminar on carbon cycle elements field measurement methods had been hold within the framework of the 3rd summer school-seminal of Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) with the funding of Roshydomet (Russian Service of Hydrometeorology) and substantial involving of St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU). Two German teachers of the school-seminar (Dr. Sebastian Zubrzycki and Dr.Birgit Heim) took part in the school by Academician exchange program between universities of St. Petersburg and Hamburg and AWI`s support, correspondingly. Successful carrying out of the school in 2015 showed the possibility of organizing a binational summer school-seminar. An example of continuous ability of Russian and German joint education program is the POMOR master program in the Institute of Earth Sciences (www.pomor.spbu.ru) and ongoing creation of the new Master program CORELIS (www.corelis.ru).

In 2016 SPBSU and AARI will continue to organize winter and summer schools for young scientists. The 5th school in September is planned to be a binational. The scientific leader of the school is a Russian chief of Russian-German Otto-Schmidt-Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research Dr. Irina Fedorova. Participation of teachers from SPbSU and German colleagues is also proposed. The school will be carried out in the field station of AARI on Ladoga Lake during September 19-22 and will be focused on carbon cycle investigation in Polar Regions. The preliminary program is on Ladoga station is attached. Other days of the school (23-28 September) participants will take part in meeting with high level scientists from AARI as well as will have a student one-day conference and visit of SPbU, cultural and filed excursions (the schedule of summer school is attached). The DAAD support allows to extend this program to German young scientists and to organize for them special thematic lectures as well as field excursions of SPbSU`s teachers and AARI`s high-level scientists on the Polar Regions studies. The program includes also a cultural part to acquaint the students with St. Petersburg Region. From Russian side the school will be funded by Roshydromet and international exchange program of SPbSU.

Hence the summer school for German students "Field research methods on elements of the carbon cycle in Polar Regions" will allow to present not only field experience of scientists, who are involved in Polar Region investigation of carbon cycle, but also present such famous Universities as SPbSU and AARI with international Master programs as a possibility for further education and joint research projects realization. Topical excursions to museums and field stations will give more information about complementary studies on Polar Regions features.

The summer school will invite 10 German students with DAAD funding and 10 Russian students with Roshydromet support. The deadline for application is June, 15. In case of availability of application forms quantities the organizing committee will select candidates according to motivation latter content and additional information of applicants.

     Here you could download latest informational documents and Application Form:

Past events in 2016:

Winter school "Field research methods of hydrometeorology, geophysics and paleogeography of Polar Regions"

     The winter school for students and young scientists "Field research methods of hydrometeorology, geophysics and paleogeography of Polar Regions" took place at field station "Ladoga" of Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) from 2 to 5 of March, 2016.

Students from St.-Petersburg State University (St.-Petersburg), Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk) and State University of Management (Moscow) participated in the school. Lectures were given by scientists of AARI and SPbSU who have a huge experience on investigation of Polar Region. Field methods of work on the topics of hydrology, methodology, physics of ice, geophysics and paleogeography gave a broader view of modern research in the severe conditions of Polar Regions.

Furthermore international Master programs as a possibility for further education and joint research projects realization were presented to the participant of the winter school.

Summer school "Field methods for measurement of carbon cycle in polar regions"

     The 5th international field school-seminar "Field methods for measurement of carbon cycle in polar regions" for young scientists was organized at field base "Ladoga" and Russian-German Otto Schmidt laboratory for polar sciences (AARI) within September 18 - 29, 2016 with financial support of DAAD and AARI (Roshydromet).

Twelve young scientists (6 students from St.Petersburg State University (SPbSU), Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHMSU), Institute of the Earth cryosphere SB RAS, including 3 persons from Department of education and training of AARI; 6 students from Germany (University of Hamburg, University of Marburg, Leuphana Universitat Luneburg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Humboldt University zu Berlin) participated. The program of school-seminar included lectures, and training directly in field conditions. Research directions, which are widely used in polar research (oceanology, hydrochemistry, paleogeography) were implemented successfully due to place of location of the base "Ladoga".

     Full report of the school-seminar accessible here. And take a look at our video from this event:

Furthermore international Master programs as a possibility for further education and joint research projects realization were presented to the participants of the winter/summer schools.

Get in touch

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
Russian-German Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research (OSL)
Russia, 199397, St. Petersburg, Beringa str., 38

Antonina Chetverova:
P: +7 812 224-1225
Email: a.chetverova@gmail.com

Roman Vlasenkov:
P: +7 812 337-3180
F: +7 812 337-3204
Email: vre@aari.ru

Universitat Hamburg
Institut of Soil Science

Allende-Platz 2
20146 Hamburg

Sebastian Zubrzycki:
P: +49 40 42838-8185
F: +49 40 42838-2024
Email: Sebastian.Zubrzycki@uni-hamburg.de