Operator of the Cold Conquerors project and the copyright holder of the corresponding trademark is Cold Conquerors LLC. The expedition is supported by the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in partnership with key R&D expert centres: the Russian Geographical Society, the Permafrost Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology, and is sponsored by companies and private donors who also believe in the importance of scientific research of global climate change for future generations.
Russian Geographical Society
Permafrost Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Service for Hydrometeorology
"The idea to organize an expedition to find the lowest temperatures in the inhabited part of the Earth came to me about 15 years ago. At that time, I brought a group of German amateur meteorologists to Oymyakon settlement. The Germans assembled an interesting map of meteorological data: in the settlement itself within a two-kilometre radius the temperature ranged from −48.8˚C to −51.6˚C, i.e. it fluctuated by 2.8 degrees, while Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk compete for the title of the coldest settlement on Earth because of a 0.1-degree difference. What happens to the temperature in other areas near the Pole of Cold, where no one has ever measured it? Is it possible that new world records with a "minus" sign will be found there, or will we see that it is getting warmer year after year? Cold Conquerors will answer these questions."
CEO of Cold Conquerors LLC,
academician of the Russian National Academy of Tourism, author of the project
"Both of the Earth's Poles of Cold are in Russia. Therefore, our country is one of the main participants of all significant international conventions that regulate the processes of monitoring, exchange of significant meteorological information, control and management of climate. And Yakutia, for obvious reasons, has a special role here. The Cold Conquerors project will enable us not only to obtain ground measurements of annual temperature lows in hard-to-reach and poorly studied areas of Siberia, but also to draw the world's attention to climate change. The expedition has another important human dimension. It will contribute to the preservation of the culture of indigenous minorities of the Far North."
Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
"The climate of Verkhoyansk and Oymyakon settlements of Yakutia is accepted by the whole world as the standard of a severely continental type of climate with extremely harsh conditions and is called the Pole of Cold of the inhabited part of the Earth. This territory is covered by a sparse network of meteorological stations, but we have determined from thermal infrared images of Landsat 8 satellite that areas with the lowest temperatures can be located in the valleys of small rivers, where meteorological observations have not yet been conducted. Cold Conquerors' test expedition of January 2020 confirmed our assumption. The uniqueness of climatic conditions confirmed by participants of the global challenge will make it possible in the future to create here a Pole of Cold natural park and later nominate it to the UNESCO World Heritage List."
cryogenic landscape lab research fellow
Melnikov Permafrost Institute SB RAS
"The Cold Conquerors project combines seemingly mutually exclusive things: scientific observation and self-knowledge. But under extreme conditions, these are inseparable. Personal actions for the sake of big science (the completeness of our climate data determines the global strategy for responding to the change) has a powerful impact on the "conquerors" themselves. Greater responsibility opens the way to personal changes. New temperature measurements force us to be more mindful of our natural environment. In the expedition, you acutely understand the fragility of the world's balance and take responsibility for the planet you have tamed."
member of the Institute of Place Management, journalist, TV presenter, associate professor at the Higher School of Economics, project consultant
"The Cold Conquerors project challenges the limits of human endurance. But it also becomes a test for communication systems. In an extreme climate, uninterrupted high-quality satellite communication is one of the conditions of survival of the expedition members. After familiarizing ourselves with the project, we supplied the test tour with our proven technical solution based on Newtec Sat3Play satellite communication stations with a 75-cm-diameter antenna working via geostationary communication satellites Yamal-401 and Yamal-300K. The equipment proved excellent in the test tour. In 2021, Gazprom Space Systems will continue and expand its cooperation with the global challenge organizers. We are convinced that the project should be developed for the sake of the common future of humankind."
CEO of Gazprom Space Systems
St. Petersburg Arctic Committee
"We believe that the support to the Cold Conquerors project is in line with the purpose and mission of the Russian Geographical Society to facilitate tourism and share information about our broad and beautiful country. Of no less importance is the possibility to enrich our knowledge about the arctic lands, in a region which serves as a pole of cold and plays an important role in understanding the specifics of climate change and its consequences. Thanks to the cold conquerors who will be doing thorough measurements adding to the data derived from meteorological stations and satellites we will come closer to understanding the nature of extreme temperatures."
Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society, board member of the Society's Scientific Council