Laboratory for Marine Physics, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences

ЛФМ команда1LAboratory for Marine Physics (LAMP) is a subdivision of the Atlantic
Branch of P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology , one of the
largest research institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Located by the
Baltic Sea, the Laboratory enjoys the opportunity of year-round investigations of hydrophysical
processes in the sea, as well as contamination of its waters, bottom and beach sediments by
plastic litter and microplastics particles.

The key topics under investigation are the microplastic
contamination of the marine environment and the role of the Cold Intermediate Layer in general
overturning circulation of the Baltic Sea. Physical oceanography, applied mathematics, and
numerical modeling compose educational background of all the laboratory members.

In our research, the sea-going expeditions, shore-based observations, beach monitorings are
complemented by in-door investigations: laboratory experiments in the 10-m long laboratory
flume, in the settling column, in the freezing chamber; microplastics extraction (NOAA, MPSS)
and identification (microscopes, Raman); numerical modeling (MIKE3-FlowModel; set of
original 2d-hydrodynamic models; artificial neural networks).

On-going projects: