P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS today

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The Federal State Budgetary Institute of Science The Institute of Oceanology. PP Shirshov Russian Academy of Sciences is the oldest and largest Russian research center in the field of oceanology.

The main task of the IO RAS is a comprehensive study of the World Ocean and the seas of Russia on the basis of the idea of ​​the unity of the physical, chemical, biological and geological processes occurring in them, creating scientific bases for predicting the Earth's climate variability, rational use of marine resources and ensuring environmental safety for the sustainable development of mankind .

The main activity of the Institute is the implementation of fundamental scientific research and applied developments in the field of oceanology using the research fleet, aircraft, underwater and space vehicles and other technical means.

IO RAS today is a team of 1267 employees, among them 98 doctors of sciences and 220 candidates of sciences of various specialties. Now the institute has 3 full members of the RAS, 6 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Institute has branches and branches in its structure:

  • Atlantic Branch (Kaliningrad),
  • Southern Branch (Gelendzhik),
  • A branch in St. Petersburg,
  • North-West Branch (Arkhangelsk),
  • The Caspian branch (Astrakhan),
  • The Atlantic Fleet Base (Kaliningrad),
  • Pacific Fleet Base (Vladivostok).

The Institute was established in accordance with the resolution of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR of December 24, 1945 No. 3157 and the Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences on January 31, 1946. (Protocol No. 1) as the Institute of Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In accordance with the resolution of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR of February 6, 1968, No. 66, the Institute of Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences was given the name of Academician P.P. Shirshov.

In accordance with the Federal Law of September 27, 2013 No. 253-FZ "On the Russian Academy of Sciences, the reorganization of state academies of sciences and the introduction of amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" and the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 30, 2013 No. 2591-r Institute transferred to the Federal agency of scientific organizations (Fano Russia).

The Institute is a shipowner and, on the rights of operational management, operates vessels on its own behalf, ensuring compliance with mandatory rules and regulations of the legislation of the Russian Federation and international conventions on navigation, safety of navigation and prevention of environmental pollution. The Institute is composed of the structure of the operational fleet management - the shipping company "Institute of Oceanology. PP Shirshov RAS ", the main task of which is the preparation of ships in the operational management of the Institute for expeditions and their conduct.

The structure of the Institute includes the Center Marine Expeditionary Research of the Federal State budget institution Science Institute of Oceanology. PL. Shirshov of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Center is a set of structural units of the Institute, which includes: fleet department, scientific coordination department, data storage department, as well as the Atlantic fleet base - a branch of the IO RAS and the Pacific Fleet Base - a branch of the IO RAS.

The purpose and subject of the Center's activities are to ensure the effectiveness of the use of the research fleet, to ensure the conduct of marine scientific expeditions by organizations subordinate to the FAO, using scientific research vessels, scientific and (or) technological equipment and other technical means installed on ships, Work on the organization and conduct of marine expedition research for other interested users in the prescribed manner, if this is not an obstacle ie implementation of the Plan of marine scientific expeditions, agreed by the Council on the Earth's hydrosphere Fano Russia

Scientific and methodological guidance of the Institute is carried out by the Russian Academy of Sciences, which consists of:

  • Participation in the development program of the Institute;
  • In participating in the formation of a government task for the Institute for the provision of public services (work performance);
  • In the evaluation of the scientific activities of the Institute.

The Institute carries out the state task, formed and approved by the FANO of Russia, taking into account the proposals of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in accordance with the main activities envisaged by the Charter of the Institute

The Institute carries out the following main activities:

    Conducting fundamental, exploratory and applied scientific research in the following areas:
- physics of the ocean and seas, climatology;
- hydrochemistry of seas and oceans, pollution of the oceans;
- biology and ecology of seas and oceans, biological productivity, anthropogenic and climatic variability of marine ecosystems;
- geology, geophysics, geochemistry and geodynamics of the lithosphere of the seas and oceans, ocean sedimentogenesis and minerals;
- marine seismology, seismic and radar sounding of the earth's crust;
- Natural disasters and dangerous phenomena in the World Ocean (earthquakes, tsunamis, underwater eruptions, methane emissions, landslides and "bloom" of harmful organisms);
- development of technical means for the study of seas and oceans;
- hydrodynamics and heat exchange in the ocean;
- wave processes, cavitation and acoustics;
- processes in the marginal seas, on the shelf and in the coastal zone (the contact zone of the sea and land);
- gas hydrates in the World Ocean;
- Carbon cycle and geochemical processes in the ocean;
- ecosystems of the World Ocean, rational nature management in the ocean and the seas.
Conducting scientific research on projects that received financial support (grants) from scientific foundations and other organizations, including foreign and international ones.
Organization and conduct of scientific research land and sea expeditions, including international ones, in terms of the Institute's activity profile. Provision of services for technical operation and management of vessels.
Organization and implementation of engineering-geodetic engineering-hydrometeorological, engineering-ecological and engineering-geological surveys.
Production of diving operations to ensure the scientific and technical activities of the Institute.
Provision of services for the survey of underwater potentially hazardous facilities in the territorial waters of the Russian Federation.
Development of new technologies for oceanological observations, preparation of State Standard Samples (GSO), monitoring, scientific and methodological support and certification of prepared GSO in the field of the Institute's activities.
Expertise of scientific and scientific and technical programs, projects, research and development, scientific and educational work on the profile of the Institute. Rendering of scientific-consulting, consulting and expert services in the field of activity of the Institute.
Activities on the creation and use of databases and information resources, including Internet resources, on the profile of the Institute. Providing information and consulting services on the profile of the Institute
Realization of educational activity on the basic professional educational programs of higher education - programs of preparation of scientific and pedagogical staff in postgraduate study;
Realization of training of scientific personnel (in doctoral studies).
Organization and conduct of scientific and scientific-organizational events (conferences, meetings, symposia, seminars, schools, exhibitions and others, including international ones or with the participation of foreign scientists).
Publishing activities (the establishment and publication of scientific and popular scientific journals on the profile of the Institute, the publication of research results of scientists of the Institute, other scientific organizations, the publication of monographs, scientific and methodological materials, collections of scientific papers, proceedings of conferences containing research results).
Creation of photo and video materials, holding exhibitions for scientific, popular scientific and (or) educational purposes. Conducting excursions and popular science lectures - storage, study, public presentation of museum items and museum collections of the Institute, as well as other collections of scientific value.


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