Russia, Moscow

Anthropogenic and natural soil landscapes in European Russia: from sea to sea

when 6 July 2020 - 26 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1800

3MUGIS will take place in Russia July 6 – July 26 2020 and will include two parts. Five days of focused on-campus training in skills relevant to the sites visited will occur at RUDN University in Moscow city. They will be followed by an expanded two-week field tour from the Barents Sea (Terriberka village) to the Black Sea (Abrau Durso). Participants will cover over 3,000 km crossing six natural zones (subarctic, taiga, deciduous forest, forest-steppes, steppes and subtropics) from the forest-tundra of the Kola Peninsula to the dry steppes of the Rostov Region. The goal is to explore the differences between natural and urban areas. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the laws and properties of nature depending on the climatic region and the degree of human impact on the environment including industrial pollution, forest management, agricultural development, and urban-rural interactions. Urban soils and green infrastructure at each of the region will be studied in comparison to natural references. Each participant has the opportunity to gain competence in the field of various methods of soil analysis, temperature measurements, green parameters within collecting data, observations and analytical work.

Course leader

Vyacheslav Vasenev | +7 (495) 434-53-00, vasenev_vi@rudn.university

Target group

The school is intended for students, masters, young scientists who specialize in urban ecology, landscape design, soil science.

Course aim

The course named “Anthropogenic and natural soil landscapes in European Russia: from sea to sea” addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences and opportunities of urbanization with special emphasis on soil functions. The main goal is to explore the differences between natural and urban areas examining anthropogenic impact sequences across conventional soil forming factors from Subarctic to Subtropical climates.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS

Fee info

EUR 1800: EUR 1,800 (accommodation, two meals per day, travelling inside Russia and all materials necessary for courses).
All of the foreign participants will also receive visa support and any other assistance with organization of their trip to Moscow.