"Monitoring of the ice situation for an assessment of area where the SP-36 is located has been ongoing since June. Analysis of satellite data during this period has made it possible to preliminarily define the possible location of many-year ice masses to the north of the Vrangel island," press secretary Sergei Balyasnikov said.
While in its current location, in the central part of the Arctic basin near the Mendeleyev underwater chain, the station will be searching for the ice masses.
The last drifting station SP-35, which opened in September 2007, ended its operation in July. It covered over 2,500 kilometers.
The work of Russian drifting stations is aimed at conducting year-round meteorological, ice and oceanographic observations, and monitoring of environmental conditions.
Stations also research the effects of climatic change in the Central Arctic and the impact on the region's ecosystems.