Pavel Zabolotnik, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Engineering

РИНЦ Author ID: 573668 (
Scopus ID: 56960533400

Tel.: 7-4112-390857

Education and Degrees

  • Ph.D. (2018), Melnikov Permafrost Institute. Dissertation: Ground Temperature Regime at Large Heat Power Generation Facilities on Permafrost: Yakutsk CHP Plant
  • M.S. (Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology), Moscow State University, 1993

Research Interests

  • Permafrost thermal regime
  • Seasonal thawing and freezing
  • Thermal conditions of diamond mine dams
  • Permafrost monitoring networks

Current and Recent Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: Sustainability of Coupled Natural and Human Systems in Permafrost Regions and New Technologies for Using Cold Resources (Participant)
  • Public Contract OK 2154, Sakha (Yakutia) Public Roads Administration, 2020-2021: Establishment of an Experimental Test Site Network on Regional Roads in the Sakha (Yakutia) Permafrost Zone for Embankment Stability Research (Participant)
  • Contract Project, Yakutskenergo PAO, 2019-2021: Observations of Foundation Settlement and Ground Temperature Regime at the Yakutsk CHP Plant (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Contract Project, Institute Giprostroymost St Petersburg AO, 2020: Permafrost Characterization for the Lena River Toll Bridge Project Site Investigation (Participant)
  • Contract Project, LenAeroProect AO, 2020: Geotechnical and Permafrost Investigations for the Yakutsk Airport Runway-2 Reconstruction Project (Participant)
  • Great Norilsk Expedition: 2020. Permafrost Component (Participant)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.5, 2017-2020: Structure, Age and Development of Permafrost in the Interior Areas of Central and Northeast Asia – Element 4.1.2. Thermal Effect of the Yakutsk CHP Buildings on the Underlying Permafrost and Element 4.1.3. Valley Complexes in the Anabar-Olenek Tableland (Co-Investigator)
  • Second Yakutia Expedition (MPI): Comprehensive Investigation and Mapping of the State of Permafrost in Yakutia for Elaborating Scientific Guidelines and Technologies for Socio-Economic Development (Participant)

Field Work

  • 2020 Permafrost investigations along the paved roads and establishment of geotechnical monitoring sites in Nam, Amga and Khangalassy areas
  • 2020 Geotechnical and permafrost investigations for the Yakutsk Airport Runway-2 Reconstruction Project
  • 2020 Permafrost and geotechnical investigations in the Lena River bridge crossing area near Yakutsk
  • 2020 Permafrost and active-layer characterization, terrain description, Norilsk oil spill area, northern Krasnoyarsk Krai
  • 2019-2020 Establishment of ground thermal monitoring network and in District 203, Yakutsk
  • 2019 Examination of the condition of existing roads on permafrost subgrade in central Yakutia
  • 2018 Dam performance observations in central Yakutia
  • 2011-2015 Permafrost surveys along the Bolshaya Kuonamka River
  • 2010 Studies along the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean Pipeline (ESPO), northeastern Irkutsk Oblast
  • 2010 Field trip on ground ice, thermokarst and alasses in Central Yakutia - Third Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (Co-leader)
  • 2007 Geocryological, geotechnical and hydrological studies in the Talakhtakh Creek basin, southwestern Yakutia
  • 2008-2009 Multi-disciplinary Alazeya expedition, northeastern Yakutia
  • 2000-2006 Thermal monitoring of diamond mine facilities, western Yakutia
  • 1999 Geochemical survey in the zone of influence of the Udachny Mine
  • 1996-1998 Geotechnical reconnaissance of the Khannya-Nakyn watershed, western Yakutia
  • 1993 Permafrost studies in the Udachny Mine area
  • 1992 Undergraduate field trip, Yamsovey gas field, western Siberia
  • 1991 Undergraduate field trip, Baikal-Amur Railroad

Honours and Awards

  • 2019 SB RAS Honorary Diploma
  • 2014 Sakha/Yakutia Science Trade Union Honorary Diploma