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[edit] Observatories

[edit] The Baikal Astrophysical Observatory (BAO)

The Baikal Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) is located in the outskirts of the settlement of Listvyanka on the south shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km far from Irkutsk.

BAO is noted for its remarkable astroclimatic regime due to an antihunt action of big water area and local anticyclon upon air environment. General Purposes: Observations of a thin structure of active solar formations;

Registration of solar flares and other non-stationary phenomena in solar atmosphere. More..

[edit] The Sayan Solar Observatory

The observatory is located in the mountains at 2000m altitude.

This is due to the specific character of the observatory's main objectives which require very good seeing for polarization observations and solar corona observations.

Main objectives: Measurements of solar magnetic fields;

Spectral observations of solar active features and dynamic processes in the solar atmosphere. More..

[edit] The Siberian Solar Radio Telescope (SSRT)

The SSRT is a special-purpose solar radio telescope designed for studying solar activity in the microwave range (5.7 GHz) where the processes occuring in the solar corona are accessible to observation over the entire solar disk. The SSRT sensitivity is such that it is possible to observe active regions at all stages of their development, at the background of the emission of an undisturbed solar atmosphere. Signal accumulation in the radio telescope's full reception band is used to obtain radio images of faint features in the solar atmosphere. Fast varying emission of flares is recorded at additive linear interferometers comprising the SSRT. More..

[edit] Integrated Magnetic-Ionospheric Observatory

General Purposes:

An origin and diagnostics of geoeffective formations in a solar wind; Modelling of magnetosphere's indignations; Electromagnetic waves in the magnetosphere.

A magnetic observatory was established at Irkutsk in 1886 by the Department of National Education. More..

[edit] Norilsk Integrated Magnetic-Ionospheric Station

Data base of Norilsk Neutron Monitor Database contents of Norilsk neutron monitor data starting from 1971 (18NM64): up from January 1971-1981 and from 2000.

The interval of accumulation: hourly from 1971; 1-minute since August 2000.

Database updating goes in real time. An interactive access is possible to this database and FTP as well. More..

[edit] Geophysical Observatory

Is located in Tory, 150 km away from Irkutsk. The major task is monitoring structure and dynamics of the upper and middle atmosphere by passive radiophysical and optical methods. More..

[edit] Atmosphere Radio Diagnostics Observatory

Observatory is located in the Irkutsk region, 125 km away from Irkutsk. The Irkutsk Radar of Incoherent Scatter (IRIS) that was created on the base of the radar installation “Dnepr” received within the conversion programme of the Soviet Armed Forces. The IISR has a whole set of process equipment, buildings and communication systems and represents a complicated technical complex. Modernization of the system of control, registration and signal processing permits efficient usage of the radar for research into the upper atmosphere with the incoherent scatter technique. Transmitting complex of the LFM ionosonde of the ionosphere vertical, oblique and oblique back scatter sounding within the frequency range of 1-30 MHz. This complex is the main component of the ISTP SB RAS multiposition LFM ionosonde with remote transmitters in Magadan and Norilsk and a receiver in Tory (the Buryat republic). More..

[edit] General Information

Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics was founded in 1960 on the basis of the Siberia's oldest geomagnetic observatory formed in 1886. Today it's a big scientific institute. Director - Corresponding Member of RAS Potekhin A. P. Total staff: 468, including 147 researchers, 35 Doctors of Science, 78 Candidates of Science, and 101 engineers. More..

[edit] Major research areas

According to the SB RAS Presidium Regulation No. 175 (14 March 2008), main scientific areas of ISTP SB RAS are: Current problems of astronomy, astrophysics and space research, including solar and interplanetary medium physics, physics of the near-Earth space, ionosphere and atmosphere; investigation into solar-terrestrial relationships; development of astrophysical and geophysical research methods and equipment.

The Institute main scientific area conforms to the point 29 of the Fundamental Research Program of State Academies of Sciences (2008–2012) approved by the RF Government decree No. 233-p (27 February 2008).

Space weather monitoring and forecast in an effort to solve a number of applied problems;

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[edit] 15:00, 9 February 2017: Space weather summer school 2017

Advanced Concepts in Solar-Terrestrial Coupling in the Context of Space Weather

A Concepts and Tools School for Student during the VarSITI 2017 General Symposium

9-14 July, 2017

Irkutsk, Russia

School Webpage:

Symposium Webpage:



[edit] 15:00, 3 February 2017: The XXIII International Symposium "Atmospheric and Ocean Optics. Atmospheric Physics"

The XXIII International Symposium "Atmospheric and Ocean Optics. Atmospheric Physics" will be organized by the Institute V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics SB RAS and Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics SB RAS in Irkutsk, July 3-7, 2017. First announcement


[edit] 10:30, 27 October 2016: Second VarSITI General Symposium (VarSITI-2017)

[edit] First announcement

Dates: 10-15 July 2017 (Student Tutorial Session on 9 July 2017)

Place: Irkutsk, Russia



Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) is the current scientific program of SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics) for the period 2014-2018 ( VarSITI focuses on the recent and expected future solar activity and its consequences for the Earth, over various time scales from thousands of years to milliseconds, and at various locations from the solar interior to the Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, VarSITI focuses on the interconnections in the Sun-Earth system. Four scientific projects are being carried out under VarSITI: (1) Solar Evolution and Extrema (SEE), (2) International Study of Earth-Affecting Solar Transients (ISEST/MiniMax24), (3) Specification and Prediction of the Coupled Inner-Magnetospheric Environment (SPeCIMEN), and (4) Role Of the Sun and the Middle atmosphere/thermosphere/ionosphere In Climate (ROSMIC). Data from relevant space- and ground-based missions will be utilized in combination with theory and modeling efforts to facilitate the implementation of these projects.


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