Employees of the scientific department of Polistovsky Reserve took part in the VIII Galkina Readings in St. Petersburg.
According to tradition, the Galkina readings are timed to the World Wetlands Day and are held in honor of E.A. Galkina, an outstanding swamp researcher, one of the pioneers in the study of bogs with help of aerial and space photography.
The themes of the VIII Galkin Readings covered a wide range of contemporary studies of bogs. The general attention was paid to the newest methods of marsh systems research: aerial photography, space photography, the use of 3D models in the study of wetlands, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (quadrocopters), the use of georadar profiling, etc. Also publications on the study of marshes with classical "terrestrial" methods were presented. The geography of the bogs was widely presented at the conference: marsh systems were considered from the Kaliningrad region and Belarus to Kamchatka, including the North-West of Russia, Volga region, Central Russia, Southern Ural, Western Siberia.
Polistovsky Reserve also took part at the conference, as well as in the collection of reports. Two works on the reserve were published: 1. "Recreational stability of swamp phytocenoses of Polistovsky Reserve" (Korolkova EO, Shkurko AV) 2. "Reconstruction of the history of vegetation and climate of the south of Priilmen lowland in Holocene. How the location of the section affects the result" (Nosova MB, Novenko E.Yu.).
The first article was devoted to the way recreational activities (tourism) affect swamp phytocenoses near the ecotrail "Plavnitskoe bog". The second work covered the history of vegetation and climate of Polistovo-Lovatskaya bog system, in which Polistovsky Reserve is located. The territory of Plavnitskoe bog (age ~ 6500 years) and Kokorevskoe lake (age ~ 10500 years) was investigated. The main types of vegetation and climatic features in the territory of the above-mentioned reservoirs in the Holocene were identified.
Summarizing the results of the conference, it can be concluded that the study of bogs using modern methods is a promising direction in bog management. Innovation finds a place not only in everyday life, but also in scientific activity, including the activities of nature reserves and national parks.