Welcome to the official website of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS). Our Institute is the oldest and the largest Russian research center in the field of oceanology.
 
The Institute deals with complex study of the World Ocean and the Russian seas. IO RAS is the only scientific center in Russia that conducts research in all areas of marine sciences, including physics, climatology, chemistry, biology and geology of the ocean. The subject of the Institute’s activity is the implementation of fundamental and applied research in the field of oceanology with the use of research fleet, aircraft, underwater and space vehicles and other technical means. Our Institute designs marine equipment for its research as well.

The Institute was established by a resolution of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1946 on the basis of the Oceanology Laboratory set up in 1941. Peter Shirshov became the Institute’s first Director. Together with P. Shirshov, the well-known scientists like Lev Zenkevich, Veniamin Bogorov, Semen Bruyevich, Alexei Dobrovolsky, Pamteleimon Bezrukov, Ivan Papanin, Vladimir Shtockman and others took an active part in the formation of the new scientific center.

Today, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology is an ensemble of 1,300 employees including 110 doctors of sciences and 276 candidates of sciences in several disciplines. There are 3 Full Members (Аcademicians) and 3 Corresponding Members of the Russian Academy of Sciences among the Institute’s staff.

IO RAS affiliates the Atlantic Department in Kaliningrad, the Southern Department in Gelendjik, a branch office in St.-Petersburg, the North-Western Department in Arkhangelsk and the Caspian branch office in Astrakhan.
 

News of the Institute

  • Special issue of the Journal of Oceanological Research
    Special issue of the Journal of Oceanological Research

    By the decision of the Program Committee in 2019 it is planned to publish a special issue of the Journal of Oceanological Research, based on the results of the reports presented at the International Symposium “Mesoscale and Submesoscale Processes in the Hydrosphere and Atmosphere” MSP-2018

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  • International Symposium on Mesoscale and Sub-mesoscale Processes in the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (MSP - 2018)
    International Symposium on Mesoscale and Sub-mesoscale Processes in the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (MSP - 2018)

    Dear colleagues!

    We invite scientists, engineers, postgraduate and students to participate in the International Symposium on Mesoscale and Sub-mesoscale Processes in the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (MSP - 2018). The Symposium dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences K.N. Fedorov will be held on 30 October - 2 November, 2018 in Moscow at P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS.

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  • XXII International Conference on Marine Geology
    XXII International Conference on Marine Geology

    Federal Agency for scientific organizations of Russia, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research organize the XXII International Conference on Marine Geology. The Conference will take place in Moscow on November 20–24, 2017.

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  • International Symposium “70 years of World Ocean Research”
    International Symposium “70 years of World Ocean Research”

    2016 is the year of 70th anniversary of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS), one of the oldest and the biggest Russian research center in the field of oceanology. To celebrate the occasion the Institute will be hosting the International Symposium “70 years of World Ocean Research” that will take place on September 12 and 13, 2016 in Moscow, Russia.

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  • Big Storms Pump Mediterranean Water Far into the Black Sea
    Big Storms Pump Mediterranean Water Far into the Black Sea

    For the first time, scientists provide a sea-wide view of what happens to Mediterranean waters that flow into the Black Sea through the Bosporus Strait. Below a depth of about 150 meters, the Black Sea is devoid of oxygen. Only certain microbes can survive in this "dead zone," which reaches depths of over 2000 meters. Warm, salty water flowing from the Mediterranean Sea into the Black Sea ventilates the middepth water column of the sea, trapping anoxic water below and maintaining the sea's distinctive structure. However, the precise fate of inflowing Mediterranean waters has remained something of a mystery to scientists.

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