Rototaeva Oxana

Leading Researcher
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Glaciology Department

Principal research interests:

Morphology, regime and dynamics of mountain glaciers and regional glacier systems; modern glacier fluctuations and forcing factors; formation of glacier mass balance; processes of accumulation of chemical admixtures in glaciers;surging glaciers and glacier hazards.

Research Areas: Caucasus, Pamir, Tien-Shan; beginning from 1982 till present – continuous annual glaciological monitoring of the reference glacier Garabashi (southern slope of the Elbrus mountain); surging glacier Kolka (Kazbek mountain) and the region of Karmadon catastrophe of 2002.

Selected publications

  • V.M. Kotlyakov, T.Y. Khromova, G.A. Nosenko, V.V. Popova, L.P. Chernova, A.Y. Muraviev, O.V. Rototaeva, S.A. Nikitin, N.M. Zverkova. Recent Glacier Changes in Mountain Regions of Russia // Мoscow, KMK Scientific Press. 2015. – 288 p. ISBN 978-5-9907572-3-3
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Desinov L.V., Osokin N.I., Chernov R.A. Karmadon catastrophe: what happened and what we should wait for in future // Мoscow: «Kodeks» Publishing House, 2014 .– 184 p. ISBN 978-5-904280-50-5
  • M. Shahgedanova, G. Nosenko, S. Kutuzov, O. Rototaeva and T. Khromova  Deglaciation of the Caucasus Mountains, Russia/Georgia, in the 21st century observed with ASTER satellite imagery and aerial photography // The Cryosphere, 8, 4159–4194, 2014. doi:10.5194/tcd-8-4159-2014
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Chernov R.A. Ten years after the Karmadon catastrophe, North Ossetia: on the causes of event and the glacier recovery processes. IzvestiyaRossiiskoiAkademiiNauk. SeriyaGeograficheskaya.2014;(3):51-65. (In Russ.) DOI:10.15356/0373-2444-2014-3-51-65
  • Nosenko G.A., Khromova T.E., Rototaeva O.V., Shakhgedanova M.V. Glacier reaction to temperature and precipitation change in Central Caucasus, 2001–2010. Ice and Snow. 2013;53(1):26-33. DOI:10.15356/2076-6734-2013-1-26-33
  • Dolgova E.A., Matskovsky V.V., Solomina O.N., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Khmelevskoy I.V. Reconstructing mass balance of Garabashi Glacier (1800–2005) using dendrochronological data. Ice and Snow. 2013;53(1):34-42. DOI:10.15356/2076-6734-2013-1-34-42
  • Rototaeva O.V., Kerimov A.M., Nosenko G.A., Tarasova L.N. Results of mass balance observations on Garabashy glacier, Elbrus (2010/2011 - 2011/2012) // Glacier Mass Balance Bulletin (GMBB), № 12 (2010-2011). Zurich: ICSU (WDS)-IUGG (IACS)-UNEP-UNESCO-WMO, 2013. 106 c.
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Osokin N.I., Chernov R.A. Shifts of glaciers in the Northern Caucasus and the Karmadon catastrophe of 2002. // LednikKolka: vchera, segodnja, zavtra. Vladikavkaz: CGI VNC RAN i RSO-A, 2012. P. (in Russian)
  • A.M. Kerimov, O.V. Rototaeva, I.F. Hmelevskoj. Distribution of heavy metals in the surface layers of the snow-firn mass on the southern slope of Mt. Elbrus // Led isneg. 2011. № 2. P. 24-34. (in Russian)
  • R.A. Chernov, O.V. Rototaeva., A.Ya.Muraviev, E.P.Kuznetsova. Kolka Glacier – 2010, new facts // Ice and Snow, 2011, № 4. Pp. 125-128 (in Russian).
  • R.A. Chernov, O.V. Rototaeva. About the development of post-catastrophic processes in the cirque of the Kolka glacier and the valley of Genaldon (northern slope of the Kazbek massif) // Ice andSnow. 2010. № 4. P. 25-29. (in Russian)
  • O.V. Rototaeva, G.A. Nosenko, I.F. Hmelevskoj Variability of the factors defining dynamics of the glaciers of Elbrus // MGI. 2009. Vyp. 107. P. 57-66. (in Russian)
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Asojan D.S., Kononova N.K., Osokin N.I., Rototaeva O.V. Features of hazardous natural processes in the Northern Caucasus on the border of XX-XXI centuries. // Environment and climate change. T. 3. Hazardous terrestrial events: mechanisms and catastrophical effects. M.: IG RAN, 2008. P.190-209. (in Russian)
  • Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Tarasova L.N., Hmelevskoj I.F. Climatically forced glacier fluctuations in the second half of XX century. Caucasus // Glaciation of Northern and Central Eurasia during modern epoch. M.: Nauka, 2006. P. 141-162. (in Russian)
  • Rototaeva O.V. Materials on shifts of glaciers in the Northern Caucasus  // Glaciation of Northern and Central Eurasia during modern epoch. M.: Nauka, 2006. P. 215-223. (in Russian)
  • V.M. Kotljakov, O.V. Rototaeva, G.A. Nosenko, I.M. Lebedeva. Kolka glacier and the Karmadon catastrophe of 2002. // Glaciation of Northern and Central Eurasia during modern epoch. M.: Nauka, 2006. P. 224-240. (in Russian)
  • Lebedeva I.M., Rototaeva O.V. Climatical forcing factor of the shift of Kolka glacier in Caucasus in 2002. // MGI. 2005. Vyp. 98. P. 155-161.
  • Nosenko G.A., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko O.A. About the possibility of satellite monitoring of hazardous glacial processes in remote mountain areas (by the example of the Karmadon catastrophe of 2002 // Issledovaniezemliizkosmosa. 2005. №1. P. 75-81. (in Russian)
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Desinov L.V., Zotikov I.A., Osokin N.I. The Kolka surge Glacier: Causes and Effects // Ice and Climate News. 2005. No. 6. Р.16-18.
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A. The September 2002 Kolka Glacier catastrophe in North Ossetia, Russian Federation: evidence and analysis // Mountain Research and Development. 2004. Vol. 24. № 1. Р. 78-83.
  • Rototaeva O.V., Nosenko G.A., Hmelevskoj I.F., Tarasova L.N. Balance state of the Garabashi glacier (Elbrus)in 1980-s and 1990-s // MGI. 2003. Vyp. 95. P. 111-121. (in Russian)
  • Kotlyakov V.M., Rototaeva O.V., Desinov L.V., Osokin N.I. Causes and effects of the catastrophical surge of the Kolka glacier in the Central Caucasus // Doklady AN. 2003. T. 389. № 5. P. 688-692. (in Russian)
  • Rototaeva O.V., S.A.Nikitin, A.B. Bazhev, Nosenko G.A., Nosenko O.A., A.V. Vesnin, Hmelevskoj I.F. Thickness of ice in the southern slope of Mt. Elbrus // MGI. 2002. Vyp. 93. P.143-151. (in Russian)
  • Rototaeva O.V. Long-term variability of mass transfer of a mountain glacier // Izv. AN, serijageogr. 2001. № 3. P.55-61. (in Russian)
  • Rototaeva O.V., Tarasova L.N. Reconstruction of mass balance of the Garabashi glacier during the last century // MGI. 2000. Vyp.88. P.16-26. (in Russian)
  • Glaciation of Pamir-Alai .V.M. Kotljakov, O.V. Rototaeva, Lebedeva I.M. et al. M.: Nauka, 1993. 256 P. (inRussian)