Laboratory of ecology and hydrology

The laboratory is aiming to develop new research methods of environmental monitoring. It aims to participate in solving current problems of water resources, marine and freshwater ecosystems, pollution and other environmental processes.

Main projects:

A comprehensive study on hydrologic cycle of «Burabay» National Nature Park lakes:  The aim of the project is to understand the role of climatic and anthropic factors on the hydrological cycle of lakes in Burabay Park. The influence of climate change on water balance of this area is of high interest for government and park administration as well. Investigating the water balance components that involve a comprehensive hydrological monitoring and research including the utilization of numerical methods will determine the current state of water systems in BNNP area. Research will also address questions on investigating the shallowing process and proposing mitigation scenarios for sustainable water management in the region. Moreover, sustainable water management solutions will be results of ground based research as well as results from applying remote sensing and geographic information system platform.

Assessment of the microbial communities and their petroleumhydrocarbon transformation potential in the Northern Caspian Sea: Hydrocarbons released into water and sediments by natural seeps and anthropogenic leaks and spills provide carbon and energy sources for endemic hydrocarbon-transforming microorganisms within indigenous microbial assemblages. Research project collects representative samples over time at the Kashagan oilfield in the Northern Caspian Sea and analyzes them to (a) learn about the chemical and physical characteristics of the environment, especially in terms of its ability to sustain microbial activities, (b) assess existing, naturally occurring microbial communities and their metabolic potential for hydrocarbon degradation, and (c) isolate, characterize, and select the best hydrocarbon transforming microorganisms that may contribute to a bioremediation strategy.

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