Anthropogenic transformation of the Issyk Kul landscape
Lake Issyk-Kul is a unique natural object that has a huge impact on the territory around it. Has the landscape around us always looked like this? Can we find out what was here a hundred years ago?

As part of the project, we will restore the way this landscape looked at the beginning of the 20th century using old maps and aerial photographs. We will also compile maps of the land cover of the territory today using the analysis of satellite images and verify the results obtained in the field, looking at the current state of the landscape with our own eyes.
Fieldwork: mapping the current land use types
Within the framework of the project, we will try to answer the question of what caused the land cover change, what factors made the greatest contribution to the change in the natural complexes around us. Finally, we will make a series of recommendations for the conservation and sustainable development of this unique territory.
Using GIS and satellite imagery to study the territory
Participation in the project will allow you to learn more about geography and ecology, introduce you to work in GIS and spatial data analysis. You will be able to look at nature in a completely new way and, perhaps, even contribute to the preservation of the environment.
Agricultural landscape surrounding the IRS venue

Marina Kozyreva

Moscow, Russia
Marina first came to IRS as a participant in 2015. A lot has changed since then – she got her BA degree in geography and MA degree in sociology, and now she is doing her PhD in urban ecology. In 2022 she came to IRS as a co-tutor of the "How to write a fairytale?" project, and this year she decided to come up with her own project that has a lot in common with her main scientific interest – the interaction between humankind and nature. Geography has always been a part of her life, and she is happy to share the knowledge she has gained. The IRS venue inspired her to create this project – she is very curious to find out more about this territory, its past and present. She is very excited to get to know the IRS-2023 participants and welcome everyone on the project!

Nikolai Goriunov

Astana, Kazakhstan
Nikolai is a graduate of the Geography Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Cartography and Geoinformatics, and his Master's degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. For his Bachelor's thesis, he developed a method for decoding avalanches to assess the mass balance of glaciers. His Master's paper focused on assessing water use dynamics in the transboundary Zeravshan River basin in Central Asia. He identified and mapped aspects of water use, their dynamics and forecast, and developed recommendations to regulate potential conflicts and ensure sustainable development.

Currently, he has two years of experience as a GIS specialist and has worked in several industries, including using drones for construction monitoring, creating geoinformation products based on satellite imagery, and geoinformation analysis of geological data.
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