Aleksandr Zhirkov, Ph.D.

Head, Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics

Author ID: 651780 (https://www.elibrary.ru/author_profile.asp?id=651780)
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6721-5338
Scopus ID: 56226280600

Tel.: 7-4112-390879
Email: Zhirkov_af@mail.ru

and Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Engineering), MPI, 2019. Dissertation: Influence of rainfall infiltration and internal condensation on the ground thermal regime in Central Yakutia
  • M.S. (Thermal Physics), North-Eastern Federal University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Thermal and physical properties of soils and rocks
  • Permafrost temperature monitoring
  • Effect of infiltration on the ground thermal regime
  • Radiation balance

Current and Recent Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: The Thermal Field and Permafrost in Northeastern Russia: Controls and Dynamics (Participant)
  • Russian Science Foundation – L'Agence nationale de la recherche Grant, 2021-2023: Assessing Ice-Rich Permafrost Terrain Degradation and Restoration Opportunities in Central Yakutia, Siberia (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Contract Project, Sakha (Yakutia) Executive Office on Spring Flood Response and Recovery Activities, 2020: Ground Temperature Measurements at Site 3 of the Flood Control Dyke in Yakutsk (Co-Investigator)
  • Contract Project, LenAeroProect AO, 2020: Thermal Analysis of an Insulating Embankment for the Runway Reconstruction Project at Magan Airport, Yakutia (Co-Investigator)
  • Contract Project, NordTransStroy OOO, 2020: Assessing the Feasibility of Embankment Construction during Summer and Fall for the Olekminsk Airport Reconstruction Project (Co-Investigator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.1, 2017-2020: Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Transformation in Northern Asia and Central Asian Mountains – Block 1. Understanding the Development of Subsurface Temperature Fields and Permafrost in Major Tectonic Structures of the Siberian Platform (Participant)
  • Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR Grant No. 18-55-53041) – National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2018-2019: A Comparative Study of the Influence of Convection Flows of Water and Air on State of Permafrost in the Aldan-Stanovoy Upland and the Tibetan Plateau (Co-Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 18-41-140008\18, 2018-2020: Developing a Numerical Modelling Procedure for Adverse Permafrost Processes Caused by Climate Change and Anthropogenic Effects (Co-Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 18-05-60005, 2018-2020: Ecosystems and Natural Resource Management in the Arctic Regions of Russia in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Strategies (Participant)
  • Contract Project, Alrosa Co., 2017: Thermal Properties of Rocks from the Maya and Nyurba Diamond Pipes (Co-Investigator)
  • Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research Fellowship Program, 2015: Synergy of Field Observations and Laboratory Analysis for Examination of Parametrizations Linking the Atmosphere and Soil Thermal Regime in Permafrost Regions: Accounting for the Effects of Climate Change (Participant)

Grant Awards

  • 2018 – Sakha (Yakutia) Research and Education Foundation Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists (International Youth Scientific Conference on the Polar Geodesy, Glaciology, Hydrology and Geophysics, St. Petersburg)
  • 2018 – Sakha (Yakutia) Governor's Grant for Early Career Scientists, Specialists and Students
  • 2017 – Sakha (Yakutia) Research and Education Foundation Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists (Int. Conf. Earth's Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future, Pushchino)
  • 2016 – Sakha (Yakutia) Research and Education Foundation Travel Grant for Early Career Scientists (11th International Conference on Permafrost, Potsdam, Germany)
  • 2016 – Total E&P Russie Travel Grant (Fifth Conference of Russian Geocryologists, Moscow)


  • Bolshev K.N., Malyshev A.V., Kirillin A.R., Zhirkov A.F., Ivanov V.A., Andreev A.S., Semenov S.O. Certificate of Software Registration No. 2011616458, June 1, 2018, "Software for Measuring Rock Thermal Conductivity with the Constant Power Short Probe Method"

Field Work

  • 2020, Geotechnical and geothermal observations, R-504 Kolyma Road test site, Churapcha area
  • 2019, Setting up a test site at R-504 Kolyma Road test site, Churapcha area
  • 2018-2019, Geocryological studies in the Elkon Horst, southern Yakutia
  • 2014-2016, Manipulated experiments at Tuymaada monitoring site, vicinity of Yakutsk, Central Yakutia

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • 2020, Associate Professor, Department of Land Use and Landscape Architecture, Arctic Agrotechnological University (Yakutsk).
    Courses taught: Introduction to Scientific Research; Hydrology, Meteorology and Climatology; Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Memberships and Committee Activity

  • Member, Youth Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • Executive Board member and lecturer, Yakutia Branch of the Russian Znanie Society
  • Board Member, Sakha (Yakutia) Committee on Arctic Affairs
  • Member, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Governor's Advisory Council on Research

Honours and Awards

  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Ministry of Education and Science Letter of Appreciation (2020)
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Head's Office and Government Letter of Appreciation (2018)