Khristoforov Ivan     

Ivan Khristoforov, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Engineering

РИНЦ Author ID: 606856 (
Web of Science ResearcherID: P-7306-2016
Scopus ID: 56458735300


Tel. +7-4112-390886

Education and Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Engineering), Institute for Water and Environmental Problems, Barnaul, 2013. Dissertation: GPR for Studying Lake and River Sediments, Lena River Basin
  • Graduate study program in mining and building geotechnology, Institute of Northern Mining, Yakutsk, 2006-2007
  • Graduate study program in engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and geocryology, Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2004-2006
  • M.S. (Radio Physics and Electronics), Yakutsk State University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Permafrost geophysics
  • GPR method

Training and Certifications

  • Advanced training course “Geophysical Exploration for Engineering Investigations”, Saint-Petersburg Mining University, 2015
  • Advanced training course “Ugra-2015: Data Collection and Processing in Geophysical Engineering”, Moscow State University, 2015

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 (Project Co-Director)
  • RFBR Grant 20-55-71005, 2020-2022: Hydrology, Permafrost and Resilience in Eastern Russian Arctic and Subarctic (Participant)
  • RFBR Grant 20-05-00670, 2020-2022: Suprapermafrost subaerial taliks in continuous permafrost, Central Yakutia (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)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.6, 2017-2020: Geocryological Environment and Its Role in Functioning of Natural-Technical Systems (Project Co-Director)
  • RFBR Project 17-05-00926, 2017–2019: Water-bearing Taliks in Continuous Permafrost under Changing Climate, Central Yakutia: Distribution, Hydrogeological Regime and Contribution to Streamflow Generation (Participant)

Selected Past Projects

  • 2016-2018 – RFBR Grant 16-35-60082 mol_a_dk: Study of the Effect of Frequency-Spectral Change of Electromagnetic Signals in GPR Sounding of Electroconductive Permafrost Materials (Principal Investigator)
  • 2015-2017 – RFBR-RS(Y) Project 15-45-05129_vostok_a: Pleistocene Cryodeserts (Tukulans) in Central Yakutia
  • 2015-2017 – RFBR Grant 15-45-05053 r_vostok_a: Understanding and Predicting the Development of Thermosuffosional Caving along Federal Highway M-56 in Central Yakutia
  • 2014-2016 – RFBR Project 14-05-00435_а: Structure and Dynamics of Mountain Permafrost, Glaciers and Rock Glaciers in Central and Northeastern Asia during the Late Holocene
  • 2014 – Contract with Sakhatransneftegaz OAO № 402/14: Remote Survey of the Lena River Crossing of the Main Pipeline with the Two-Spectral GPR Method (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Research and Education Foundation Grant №2014-01-05: An Express Methodology for Sub-Bottom Profiling with GPR (Principal Investigator)
  • 2013 – Contract with Yakutsk Shipping Company (Yakutsk): Locating Irregularities in Deep Bottom Sediments in the Aldan River (Principal Investigator)
  • 2011-2013 – Public Contract with the Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Government no. 1052 : Investigating and Predicting Ice-Jamming Processes in Yakutian Rivers during Spring High Water (Principal Investigator)
  • 2011 – Contract with AMUR-MOST Holding Company (Tynda) no. 389: Investigation of V.Khandyga River Bridge Footing (Principal Investigator)

Field Work (recent)

  • GPR surveys of freshwater lakes in the Khallerchinskaya tundra, Lower Kolyma area (2020)
  • Field investigations to examine the behavior of roadway foundations, Nam, Amga and Khangalas area, central Yakutia (2020)
  • GPR investigations of taliks in the Shestakovak Creek basin, central Yakutia (2019-2020)
  • Geotechnical and permafrost investigations for the Yakutsk Airport Runway-2 Reconstruction Project (2020)
  • Permafrost Characterization for the Lena River Toll Bridge Project Site (2020)
  • GPR river profiling (Amga, Buotama and Lena Rivers), central Yakutia (2019-2020)
  • Geophysical survey, Diring-Yurekh archaeological site (2019)
  • Geophysical investigations in Ust-Aldan area, central Yakutia (2019)
  • Inspection and condition assessment of transmission line foundations in the Lena River channel at Khaptagai and Khangalas (2019)
  • GPR surveys in Buor-Kaya Bay, Laptev Sea (2019)

Committee Activity and Memberships

  • Civic Chamber of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (Member)
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Foundation for Research and Education (Executive Board Member)
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Head’s Advisory Council on Research and Technology (Member)
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Head’s Interdepartmental Consumer Council on Housing Services and Natural Monopolies (Member)
  • Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Siberian Territorial Administration, Working Group on Interaction with Early Career Scientists (Member)
  • Nauka i Tekhnika v Yakutii Journal (Editorial Board Member)
  • Center for Information, Analytical and Legal Support of Executive Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (Expert Adviser)

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • Associate Professor, Department of Radiophysics and Electronics, North-Eastern Federal University – Lectures taught: Digital electronics; SHF antenna and systems
  • Associate Professor, Department of Power Engineering, Yakutsk Academy of Agriculture – Lectures taught: Metrology; Robotics; Alternative power sources
  • Member, Attestation Committee for Graduate Degrees (Radiophysics and Electronics), North-Eastern Federal University

Honours and Awards

  • Leaders of Russia Competition, Science Track, 1st Degree Diploma, 2020
  • Honorary Diploma, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Committee on Innovation Policy and Science, 2013
  • Gold medal in Remote Sensing and Environmental Monitoring, InterExpo GEO-Siberia 2012, Novosibirsk, 2012
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Grant Award, 2011
  • Honorary Diploma, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Ministry of Science and Professional Education, 2009
  • Academician N.V. Chersky Grant Award, 2009
  • Prize winner, Northern Rescue Technologies-2006 International Exhibition, Lensk, 2006
  • Academician V.P. Larionov Grant Award, 2006


  • Russian Federation Utility Model Patent 177778. Antenna Unit for the GPR System. Applicant and Proprietor: Melnikov Permafrost Institute. Authors: I.I. Khristoforov, A.V. Omelyanenko, P.A. Omelyanenko, K.P. Danilov. Filed 23.12.2017. Publ. 12.03.2018, Bull. 8 [Патент 177778 Российская Федерация. Антенное устройство для георадара / И. И. Христофоров, А. В. Омельяненко, П. А. Омельяненко, К. П. Данилов; ФГБУН ИМЗ СО РАН; заявл. 23.12.2017; опубл. 12.03.2018, Бюл. № 8.]
  • Russian Federation Patent 2670175. Method for GPR Investigation of Underwater Linear Facilities. Applicant and Proprietor: Melnikov Permafrost Institute. Inventors: I.I. Khristoforov, A.V. Omelyanenko, P.A. Omelyanenko, K.P. Danilov. Filed 23.12.2017. Published 18.10.2018, Bull. 29 [Патент 2670175 Российская Федерация. Способ георадиолокационного исследования подводных линейных объектов / И. И. Христофоров, А. В. Омельяненко, П. А. Омельяненко, К. П. Данилов; ФГБУН ИМЗ СО РАН; Дата подачи заявки: 23.12.2017. Опубликовано: 18.10.2018 Бюл. № 29]
  • Russian Federation Invention Patent 2548920 20.04.2015. A Method for Predicting the Hydrological Situation in Ice-Jam-Risk Areas Inventors: Nakhodkin N.A., Bykov A.N., Omelyanenko A.V., Fedorova L.L., Felorov M.P., Khristoforov I.I., Kaigorodov K.I., Omelyanenko P.A. Bull. 11. [Находкин Н.А., Быков А.Н., Омельяненко А.В., Федорова Л.Л., Фелоров М.П., Христофоров И.И., Кайгородов К.И., Омельяненко П.А. Способ прогнозирования гидрологической обстановки на затороопасных участках рек // Патент на изобретение РФ №2548920 20.04.2015 Бюл. № 11]