Yert • Sakha Republic



• image code: TB102
• Yert station in Siberia
• exposure time 4 days
GPS location 67°21’56.5″N 26°37’43.7″E

In Siberia climate change is very noticeable. While the winters are cold the summers are warm, however the further north you go the more permafrost is still part of the landscape. A large part of Siberia is threatened to melt in accelerating speed because of climate change.  The landscape is subject to forest fires more each year and houses start to shift because of the melting underground. In several stations in Siberia forest fire, permafrost melt, and methane emissions are studied to give us a better idea of what to expect in the short and long term. These studies have become increasingly important as the public opinion realises more and more what a dangerous flow of events the melting permafrost can spark.

In this image created in collaboration with Sander Veraverbeke we see the station at Yert. Sander is an Earth system scienctist. His research focuses on the role of ecosystem disturbance, primarily fires, on the water, carbon and energy cycles within the context of global change. Yert in the Sakha Republic, Russia is one of the places Sander works from conducting his research.

This image was created for the project Touch base, arctic solargraphy. A global ‘science meets art’ photography project I conducted during 2019-2020.

If you buy a fine art print or limited edition of this image, 10% of the profit will be donated to APECS. This is an organisation which supports early career scientists in their research. Many members of APECS helped me in creating the images in the Touch base project. We all depend on future science. By donating some of my earnings I can do something back to support them.

Touch base project
Sander Veraverbeke interview (Dutch)
Sander Veraverbeke profile
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Extra info

The image will be printed onto Hahnemühle Natural Line Fine Art Paper based on hemp and using the Epson Sure Color Printing technique.