Aktru Research Station, Tomsk State University

The Aktru Research Station is located in the southeastern part of the Altai Republic.The researches at Aktru Research Station focus on glaciology, hydrology, meteorology, geomorphology, ecology, botany, zoology, and soil science.

The Aktru Research Station is located in the southeastern part of the Altai Republic close to the borders to Mongolia and China in the centre of the Eurasian Continent. With an altitude of 2150 m a.s.l., the station is situated in the high alpine part of the Altai Mountains. The nearest settlement is Kuray village about 30 km southeast of the station. The nearest town is Gorno-Altaisk, about 250 km northwest of the station

The main aims are to study climate-driven glacier dynamics, hydrological regimes, cryogenic processes, landscape patterns, and biota.  The Aktru Research Station is surrounded by a wide range of ecosystems changing with altitude: Kuray basin intermountain steppe, steppe belt on the mountain slopes, forest belt, highmountain belt with alpine landscapes and glaciers, high-mountain tundra (“goltsy”), as well as cryophyte steppe landscapes. The station is equipped by modern and effective outfit, including the meteorological complex. Since 2008 new buildings were constructed comprising a staff house, a dining room for 150 persons, a summer cafeteria for 30 persons, a diesel station, as well as showers and toilets, ‘hospital’, classrooms, three apartments (housing c. 60 people), a warehouse, a Banya (Russian sauna), and a tent camp for 200 persons.

Institution National Research Tomsk State University
Country Russia
Infrastructure type Research station
Disciplines Biology and biochemistry
Earth sciences
Environmental protection
Environmental sciences
Natural environments and wildlife
Language of operation Russian
Keywords observationmeteorologymeasurementsglaciologyfield samplingalpine environment


The Station is open from May to October. Communication is carried out by the cellular and shortwave radio. Access to the Internet is via the satellite of "Gazprom" corporation.The nearest airport is in Gorno-Altaisk, about 250 km northwest of the station. Chargeable access.

Contact information

Olga Shaduyko (Morozova) dolcezzamia@mail.ru

Sergey Kirpotin, professor, kirp@mail.tsu.ru

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