Scientists: Permafrost Melting Threatens Flooding in Eight Regions of Russia

21.02.2017

Climatologists forecast changes in the Arctic part of Russia for the next 50 years, they believe that the zone of permafrost can go under water.

Scientists: Permafrost Melting Threatens Flooding in Eight Regions of Russia

According to experts of the Ural Federal University, as a result of increasing temperature, the thin layers of permafrost in Western Siberia melt first. As the result Salekhard, Novy Urengoy, Labytnangi will be flooded. In the risk area oil and gas pipelines are located. In addition, the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions, Komi Republic, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district, Krasnoyarski Krai and Yakutia can go under water.

Russian scientists intend to provide the model of future climate change in 2020. This will allow regions to prepare for flooding in advance and make adjustments to economic activity. It is possible that some cities will have to be resettled.