Much of the Arctic is a frozen, hazardous landscape that presents a serious challenge to in-field research. A team of Russian scientists have developed a virtual simulation of the Arctic so that they may study climate change and energy production in the region, the Siberian Times reported.
The Digital Smart Arctic uses advanced computer modeling to realistically simulate environmental processes and potential repercussions of oil and gas drilling. Developed by the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, the project will also model pollution, volcanic activity and global climate systems.
The project will utilize data compiled from satellites and monitoring stations in Russia and Europe. Data from Northern Russia will receive particular focus, and could be used to influence short- and long-term economic strategy.
Top image: The Digital Smart Arctic will help researchers study human impact in a challenging environment. (Credit: Sergey Anisimov)