To meet the needs of the ecological and mathematical component of the Observatory of Environmental Safety Resource Center, the plan is to create multimedia auditoriums with modern facilities such as interactive whiteboards and equipment for presentations, in particular,  document cameras, projectors, and interactive tablets. Installation of a video conferencing system and a video wall will make it possible to view the simulated situations, to exchange data between different branches of the center, and to discuss problems and possible outcomes of collaborative work. The Research Laboratory will be equipped with modern generation computers powerful enough to be able to solve the required tasks. Specialized software will be used in various applications associated with analysis and processing of information obtained from lidar network, mathematical modeling of pollutant spread and situational modeling of environmental pollution processes.

 

The Thermo Fisher Scientific ISQ chromato-mass-spectrometric complex will be used for screening and identification of low molecular weight compounds of different nature in water bodies.

 

Сhromato-mass-spectrometric complex

The iCE3500 atomic absorption spectrometer will be used to identify the trace substances and "heavy metals" in water bodies, mainly in natural waters owing to its ultra-high sensitivity.

Atomic absorption spectrometer

The Keyence VHX1000 digital microscope will be used to study the biological components and morphological structures, including biological contamination, developmental abnormalities, and microbial level in aquatic ecosystems.

Digital microscope

  • operates with telecentric zoom lenses (zoom range 0.1x - 5000x);
  • enables automatically obtaining 3D images and making measurements in 2D and 3D, as well as recording video or taking digital pictures with the microscope camera kept in hands or attached to a tripod;
  • supports many lighting techniques, including transmitted, polarized, and differential interference observation;
  • allows studying the morphology of biological objects (algae, macrophytes, zooplankton, zoobenthos, aquatic fungi, etc.), as well as the nature, location, and mechanisms of cellular injuries inflicted by various chemicals, e.g., via allelopathic interactions, or by pollutants.

The YSI 6600 V2-03 water quality automatic multiparameter sonde and other field equipment will be used “in situ” for rapid determination of the main limnological parameters of aquatic ecosystems which are required as additional information to the results obtained by instrumental systems (1-3).

The role of low molecular weight organic compounds in the functioning of aquatic ecosystems will be assessed. Substances-indicators of ecosystem state will be identified. A new approach to assessing and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems through the use of identified substances-markers will ultimately be developed. YSI 6600 V2-03 measures the following parameters: temperature, electric conductivity, total salinity, depth (pressure), pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll, ammonium, nitrates, chlorides; depths down to 200 m.

 

 

Bioelectronic complex is intended for carrying out research on environmental biomonitoring to provide information, in particular real-time data, on changes in the condition of the environment. The complex is equipped with a set of ecotrons intended for long-term maintenance of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates with hard outer covering (shell-bearing mollusks and crustaceans):

Lidar component will consist of: (a) Mobile lidar complex based on vehicle; (b) Lidar complex located in a tower on the roof of faculty building,

Tower

and (c) Centre for data collection, storage and analysis. Multiwave mobile lidar complex includes Shortwave differential absorption lidar for detection of gaseous substances in atmosphere, Doppler heterodyne lidar for wind direction and strength measurements, and Aerosol lidar for measurements of atmosphere aerosol parameters. Multiwave lidar complex in tower includes Doppler heterodyne lidar for wind direction and strength measurements, Aerosol lidar for measurements of atmosphere aerosol parameters.